The practice of secreting of the archival documents by the Soviet power and the motives of this process are analyzed in general. The example of information contained in the consolidated multivolume «Register of Declassifi ed Archival Funds of Ukraine» (2009—2013) shows what documented manifestations of everyday life of Soviet citizens were translated into the category of non-disclosable information. The destructive infl uence of the practice of total secrecy of archival documents on the state of historical science and other sciences was emphasized, which led to the deformation of public consciousness.
Source: Zvors'kiy S.L. (2019) What did the communist authorities try to hide from the people? (from the practice of classifying archival documents in the era of totalitarianism). Arkhivy Ukrayiny. 3(320): 7-17
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