Statement of Vladimir N.
I, Vladimir N. Kuzelenkov, working
at the address 3, Vyborgskaya ulitsa,
Moscow 125212, hereby declare the
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Collections of Historical Documents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
relating to the work of Mr
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
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.
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.
V. N. KUZELENKOV,
DIRECTOR DATE: 16.12.1998
CENTRE OF RUSSIA
Centre for the Preservation of
Collections of Historical