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SBU Archive and Historical Archive of the State Security of Hungary conclude agreement on cooperation

The Ukrainian and Hungarian archives that keep documents of the communist secret services have agreed to work together and concluded an agreement in Budapest.

Representatives of the SBU Sectoral State Archive and the Historical Archive of State Security of Hungary discussed the first joint steps.

The need for a better understanding of the common modern history of Ukraine and Hungary, and especially the history of the communist totalitarian and authoritarian regimes of the 20th century, is a two-way interest of researchers and archivists not only of both countries, but also of all those involved in the history of the last century. "The communist secret services worked together, creating a space of non-freedom, so it is logical that now Ukrainians and Hungarians will explore this history also in the international context", - said Director of the SBU Archive Andriy Kohut.

During the meeting, the parties exchanged documents on the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which were issued by both archives, which testified to the common interests of the institutions. The agreement with the Hungarian Historical Archive will be an important supplement to the cooperation that has been going on for many years with the Polish and Czech archival institutions that keep documents of the communist special services.

Publication of historical documents on political repressions of Ukrainian and Hungarian peoples, the exchange of important documents for researchers from both countries will be the focus of future joint projects.

Cooperation between the SBU Sectoral State Archive and the Historical Archive of State Security of Hungary will be an important element of cultural diplomacy between neighboring countries.

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