Staunton, January 6 – The special departments in educational institutions that existed in Soviet times and were headed by the KGB were never banned, but until recently, their roles were limited to deciding on access to closed archives and overseeing contacts between Russian scholars with their foreign counterparts.
But now, these “curators” are assuming a new and expanded role to impose a Procrustean bed on Russian scholarship and to root out any displays of disloyalty to the Kremlin. And this restoration of the KGB’s role is in at least one way even worse: the KGB was ultimately answerable to the CPSU; the FSB isn’t answerable to anyone.
That is the conclusion of Yevgeny Smirnov, a lawyer for the Command 29 rights group, who adds that he isn’t surprised by the new prominence of curators in the Institute of History, the Institute of Applied Astrophysics or elsewhere. They were never abolished and now they are returning in “the very worst” form of Soviet times (severreal.org/a/31036657.html