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In 1993 American scholar Deborah Lipstadt published Denying the Holocaust, product of a research contract funded by an Israeli agency.

British writer David Irving claims that it libels him.


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Witness Statement of Vladimir N. Kuzelenkov

I, Vladimir N. Kuzelenkov, working at the address 3, Vyborgskaya ulitsa, Moscow 125212, hereby declare the following.

1. I am currently the Director of the Centre for the Preservation of Collections of Historical Documents (hereinafter referred to as the "Centre"). I have worked in this capacity for just over a year. The Centre is managed by an organisation that is currently called the Federal Archive Service of Russia (hereinafter referred to as "Rosarkhiv").

2. In 1992, when Irving used to visit the Centre, I worked at the Centre but was not acquainted with Irving. However, now that I am the Director of the Centre, I have access to the work engaged in by Mr Irving, which is preserved at the Centre. In addition, my colleagues include people who worked at the Centre at the time of Mr Irving's visits, when Mr V. N. Bondaryev was Director. These people include Tat'yana Vasil'yeva.

Documents relating to the work of Mr Irving.

3. The work of Mr Irving, which was conducted in the reading room of the Centre, includes Rosarkhiv letter N 10/961-II dated 24.06.92, signed by the Chairman of Rosarkhiv P. G. Pikhon, asking that the British researcher D. Irving be permitted to take glass negative copies of the diaries of J. Goebbels and bearing an instruction to carry out this request by the Director of the Centre V. N. Bondaryev, dated 25.06.1992.

4. This same work of Mr Irving also includes orders requesting the issue of material from archive N 1477 dated 11 and 29 June and 03 July, 1992, which were made without following the rules laid down for the drawing up of such documents (not all details were filled in, Irving's signature was missing etc.). Mr Irving's work also includes an order requesting the issue of material dated 09 June, 1992, bearing numbers of material from archive 500 : "Chief Administration of State Security of Germany, Berlin", which was issued to Mr Peter Millar (representative of the British press) for the purposes of study.

5. Irving's work also includes a note from Mr Irving dated 3 July 1992, signed by the Director of the Centre V. N. Bondaryev, stating that all the original slides and documents that had been removed by Mr D. Irving from the Centre had been returned.

6. The work of Irving also includes a document dated 09.07.92 certifying that he had passed on to the Centre an apparatus for reading microfilm, which was subsequently returned to him.

7. The official orders relating to the basic activities of the Centre include an order of the former Director of the Centre V. N. Bondaryev ref. N3-obshch dated 24 August, 1992, stating that, as a result of his failure to observe procedures relating to the use of copies of material obtained from the diaries of J. Goebbels held at the Centre, and in particular for using such copies in items in the "Sunday Times" newspaper without having obtained permission for such use, the researcher D. Irving was no longer permitted to work in the reading room of the Centre.

Dr Elke Froehlich

8. I can also add that the work of Elke Froehlich, which is also preserved at the Centre, includes a letter from Rosarkhiv signed by R. G. Pikhon to V. N. Bondaryev, dated 11 March 1992, relating to Dr E. Froelich, containing a request from the Institute of Modern History (hereinafter referred to as the Institute) for her to be permitted to read documents associated with the J. Goebbels archive. This letter also mentions the possible inclusion of documents held at the Centre in an edition of the diaries of J. Goebbels, which was to be the subject of separate negotiations between interested institutions in Russia and Germany.

9. The work also records that Dr Froehlich visited the Centre in March 1992 and consulted documents belonging to archive N. 1477. According to a document included in the work, first copies of documents in the form of microfiches and microfilm were passed on to the Institute of Modern History on 28 July, 1992.

10. The contents of this document are accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief.


DIRECTOR DATE: 16.12.1998


Centre for the Preservation of
Collections of Historical Documents

For the purposes of this action Mr Irving would welcome informed opinions on Vladimir Kuzelenkov, and facts about him, from his hundreds of Canadian friends.