Commission receives list of 10 more KGB reservists

  • 2005-01-26
  • By The Baltic Times
VILNIUS 's The ad hoc parliamentary commission charged to investigate Lithuanian officials who had been members of a KGB reserve list announced on Wednesday that it had received a list with 10 more names.

Historian Arvydas Anusauskas, who is a member of the commission, said the list contains the names of one parliamentarian, former and present officials, members of municipal councils and judges.

LNK news reported that the 10 names are MP Vladimiras Orechovas, Siauliai county administrator Alvydas Sedzius, former cummunications deputy minister Valerijus Ponomariovas, Panevezys district council member Jonas Katinas, former Kaunas district administrator Valentinas Kalinauskas, Vilnius county court judge Stasys Punys, Klaipeda county court judge Valentinas Janonis, Alytus Regional Environmental Department director Ceslovas Merzvlinskas, official Vadimas Popovas and Akmene district council member Albinas Klimas.

Anusauskas, who presented information on the KGB reserve and its activity to the commission behind closed doors on Tuesday, told journalists that individuals could only be enlisted in the Soviet security apparatus reserve with their consent, the Baltic News Service reported.

"Otherwise, enlistment in the reserve would be impossible. If a person refused, they would not be enlisted," he said. In Anusauskas' words, approximately one-tenth of people who had been invited to join the KGB reserve refused to do so.

The special archives contain a total of 415 KGB reservist files.

The chairman of the ad hoc parliamentary commission, Skirmantas Pabedinskas, said the commission intends to publicize the names of individuals enlisted in the KGB reserve. but only the names of individuals who now hold state offices and after it presented its findings to Parliament.

The commission has been charged to look into the circumstances of enlistment of Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis, State Security Department Director General Arvydas Pocius and Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Alfredas Pekeliunas in the KGB reserve in 1980s and to establish if such individuals' current positions poses a threat to national security.