03 February 2011, 16:48
Russian Orthodox Church wants easier access to archives to identify
Moscow, February 3, Interfax - The Bishops Council of the Moscow
Patriarchate has asked for easier access to state archives for
identifying all people oppressed by the Bolsheviks for their beliefs.
"The Church calls on statesmen and public figures to support its
study and commemoration of repression victims. In particular, the
Church appeals to the heads of institutions controlling archive
documents for assisting the soonest identification of everyone who
suffered in the years of persecution," the Council said.
"It is necessary to continue the dialog with the state on possible
legislative and administrative measures in the provision of access of
Church representatives to the archives with respect for the lawful
demand for secrecy of private life," the Council said.