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Prunskiene investigated for KGB ties

  • 2009-03-19
  • TBT Staff in cooperation with BNS

It is not the first time the presidential candidate has been accused of cooperating with the KGB.

VILNIUS - Lithuania'sLustration Commission has announced that it will ask the court to reopen thecase against presidential candidate Kazimiera Prunskiene for collaboration withthe KGB, the Soviet Union's secret police service.

Prunskiene is chairwoman of the Peasant Popular Union. Sheis also a former agriculture minister and was prime minister of the firstCabinet after Lithuaniareestablished its independence.

The commission said it will also turn to the Prosecutor General's Officeregarding the activity of former Vilniusdistrict court judge MP Konstantas Ramelis and judge Giedrius Baziulis.

"Judging from the case investigation, we find this process wasn'texactly clean," Lustration Commission Chairman Algimantas Urmanas told thepress.

The commission has been investigating the Lithuania'sLiberation Movement Council's request to consider new facts regardingPrunskiene's collaboration with the KGB and defend public interest and justicein terms of national security.

"The KGB branch at the Soviet Republic of Lithuania maintained contactwith Prunskiene, who would render scientific information accumulated in thePeople's Republics of Hungary and Germanyand the Federal Republic of Germany," data available to the LustrationCommission reads.

Prunskiene had the status of agent of influence, with such agents notrequired to sign a cooperation agreement.

"Information communicated by her was first coded with three letters andlater with Satrijos Ragana[…] When an agent went on to a certain level in theSoviet party nomenclature, their case would immediately be destroyed," thedata reads.

After re-investigating the case, a Vilnius District Court ruled in the springof 2003 that there is a lack of evidence to suggest Prunskiene's conscioussecret collaboration with the KGB.

This ruling replaced that of Sept. 14 of 1992 the Civil Case Division under Lithuania'sSupreme Court, which said Prunskiene had consciously collaborated with the KGB.

Prunskiene herself denies affiliation with Soviet secret services.