Archives of the former Czechoslovakian communist security police are now published on the Web in the Czech Republic. The Security Service Archive and the Institute of Totalitarian Regimes (ISTR) made the first part of the comprehensive archive available to the public earlier this month.

It is a follow up of the “open past” project, which the ISTR calls “a study and unbiased evaluation of the time of non-freedom and communist totalitarian power.”

Records show that in the period under communist rule dozens of Czech political dissidents were executed and more than a quarter million people were imprisoned. The secret police employed no fewer than 200,000 spies to keep watch over their fellow citizens. The online archive includes the names of former spies and informants.

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