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Sweden to open secret files on Cold War's end

AFP/The Local · 16 Feb 2011, 07:16

Published: 16 Feb 2011 07:16 GMT+01:00

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"On Thursday we will do something that has really never been done before in Sweden: declassifying an important part of the foreign ministry's archive," Bildt wrote on his official blog Tuesday.

"We're talking about virtually all of our up-until-now secret reports from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Baltic freedom movement under the dramatic year 1991," he added.

Foreign ministry spokesman Anders Jörle told AFP the documents to be unsealed were diplomatic notes from Swedish envoys posted in the Baltic countries and the city of Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, at the end of the Soviet era.

Bildt characterised the material as "unique. Interesting. And important".

He added that much of the material will be published in written form, but that even more material will be available online.

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09:20 February 16, 2011 by UScitizen
"On Thursday we will do something that has really never been done before in Sweden: declassifying an important part of the foreign ministry's archive,"

I guess they're trying to beat Wikileaks.......
09:54 February 16, 2011 by Nemesis
This should be entertaining and feed the conspiracy theorists.
11:05 February 16, 2011 by Muff
Declassified document reads ''The Soviet Union ceised to exist on the 31 of December 1991 - Th end''
11:19 February 16, 2011 by johnny1939
Who cares.. there are so many more interesting things going on right now.
11:31 February 16, 2011 by ooh456
We all know the Soviets lived in fear of the secret lingonberry bomb project which played a large part of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
12:23 February 16, 2011 by UScitizen
@ johnny1939

You are so right! I wonder what H&M outfit Michelle Obama will put on this morning?
14:07 February 16, 2011 by Syftfel
This ought to be interesting. Wonder how far back the data will go? If my suspicion is correct that marxist snake O. Palme's name will surface as being intimately intertwined in Soviet ideology. Unless of course his name will have been redacted from the published material. Maybe his name will finally be discarded in the latrines of Swedish history. Let's hope.
19:50 February 16, 2011 by PaulTheOctopus
i don't need to know because i've came from there :)) if someone is interested about this, u can find in torrents or thru the youtube documentary called 'The Soviet Story' , during the soviet union stalin killed about 50 mln. people, whereas Hitler killed about 6 mln. jews and every year people are making a huge bubble about holocaust.. but no one knows the done damage by the soviets
23:53 February 16, 2011 by Uncle
Paulthe octopus,

To make an educational pause. It is because execution of other people on a basis of racial prejudice is quite different from dictatorships that are executing their own people in order to establish a lack of resistance. That is why Darfur genocide had no such resonance as the genocide in Rwanda. That is even why the terror of the Irish/Basques is not as terrifying as the terror of muslims.

Dictators and modern time terrorists have certain targets. They target classes/professions/opposition - in other words - what people DO. Don't do that and you are out of danger. Politician, capitalist, intellectual, journalist, kulak - all COULD stop doing whatever they did, or not start it.

Holocaust is targeting whatever people ARE and cannot do anything about it. Jews, gays, gypsies, Xi Xia, Carthaginians etc. That is why muslim terror is awful. ANYONE who happens to be by the suicide bomber, even if it is a famous ayatollah, is in immediate danger, whereas the european terrorists have certain targets.

Another parallel - Ku Klux Klan killed in total about 2,000 people during 100 years. Mexican mafia covers this amount in less than one year. Still Ku Klux Klan is discussed much more and the society still rejects KKK members much more vigorously than the members of Mexican families.

There is a FUNDAMENTAL difference between the two. And btw, Hitler killed slightly more than 6 million Jews, whereas Stalin killed way less than 50 million people, unless, you of course throw in the WWII deaths on him as well.

That is why people are making a huge "bubble" about Holocaust. Because SUCH a total thing happens once every 1000 years.
07:41 February 17, 2011 by Douglas Garner

@uncle... great comments.

Article... how can we be sure that the information released by Sweden is accurate unless fully substantiated by Wikileaks?
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