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A list of documentation excluded from “2016 classified collection” published on IPN website.


The Institute of National Remembrance (“IPN”) published a list of documents excluded from the so-called “classified file” in 2016. “We’re not going to lustrate anyone,” assured Slawomir Cenckiewicz, a deputy chairman of the Collegium of IPN.

The list of documents declassified in 2016 includes only those documents that were excluded from the archives of the classified file of IPN. As earlier confirmed by the Polish Press Agency (PAP), the list consists of documents’ references and their brief descriptions.

The list’s description, accessed by PAP, includes the name of the Polish communist security service (SB) officers, and information on operational examination files, operational outcomes files, intelligence equipment files, evidence questionnaires, and files marked with abbreviations including KI, RO, SMW.

Information on the list refers to documents created by the communist security apparatus of the Polish People’s Republic, which was previously included within a classified file of IPN due to the security of the Polish state. A press conference took place took place in Warsaw, with Jaros?aw Szarek, the Chairman of IPN, and Deputy Chairman of the Collegium of IPN, Slawomir Cenckiewicz, participating among others.

“We are not going to lustrate anyone, or accuse anyone of having been a secret agent… Our conference is of informative nature only. We will explain what’s on the list, what will follow, the process of declassifying files, the layout of the catalog, and the verification process for clauses within the documents,” announced Cenckiewicz on social media before the conference took place.

As reported by IPN, the detailed description of documents on the list will be published via an app “Virtual Archives,” which can be accessed by scientists and journalists at any IPN library. Accessing the materials will be subject to rules and regulations stipulated within the IPN’s Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation Act from December 18, 1998.

Translation: JD

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