Volodymyr Murskyi. “Ukrainian Nuncio” in Istanbul
In the early 1930s, the UPR government in exile returned to the issue of obtaining autocephaly and establishing a local autocephalous church in Ukraine. An important role in this process was played by Volodymyr Murskyi, who at that time was the official representative of the UPR government in Turkey and performed certain tasks of the UPR’s intelligence, as evidenced by declassified documents from the Branch State Archive of Ukraine. Following the meeting of the Ukrainian delegation with Patriarch Photius II of Constantinople, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of the UPR government in exile Oleksandr Lototskyi praised Volodymyr Murskyi’s efforts and called him a “Ukrainian Nuncio” in Istanbul, by analogy with the rank of the highest diplomatic representative of the Holy See.
The Assassination of Symon Petlyura. From the Foreign Intelligence’s Archival Documents
The Foreign Intelligence’s archival documents, relating to the assassination of Ukrainian statesman and politician Symon Petlyura in Paris on May 25, 1926, show how the event was covered in the foreign press, how Ukrainian émigré circles reacted to it, and how it was interpreted and reflected in operative materials of Soviet special services. The declassified top-secret documents of the Foreign Department of the Joint State Political Directorate (OGPU) of the USSR are a strong argument in support of the conclusions made by domestic historians that the assassination was organized by Soviet authorities and the trial of the murderer was used to discredit both Petlyura himself and the entire Ukrainian liberation movement.
Yevhen Konovalets Against the GPU-NKVD
May 23, 1938, Pavlo Sudoplatov, an employee of the NKVD of the USSR, killed the head of the OUN Provid (leadership - transl.), Yevhen Konovalets. The fatal explosion in Rotterdam was the culmination of the Soviet GPU-NKVD’s long-running large-scale operation, which was personally instructed by Joseph Stalin. Even though the circumstances of the operation have been carefully studied and described, documents from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, still unknown to the public, allow to add to the general picture and answer the question discussed by scientists and historians in recent decades: did Ye. Konovalets have a chance in that situation to get rid of the Soviet secret services’ close attention and stay alive?
Pavel Sudoplatov Versus Eugene Lachowitch
A year before the KGB Senior Lieutenant Pavlo Sudoplatov assassinated the leader of the OUN Yevhen Konovalets in Rotterdam, he opened a case against Eugene Lachowitch, about whom one of the documents states: “He is considered one of the best diplomats and intelligence officers among nationalists”. Declassified documents from the Archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine make it possible to understand why in the 1930s the GPU was so interested in Eugene Lachowitch, how he managed to draw the British government’s attention to the Ukrainian question and why in 1959 the decision to cultivate him was made by the KGB board under the Council of Ministers of the USSR.
Otaman of Kholodnyi Yar Yakiv Vodyanyi
Yakiv Vodyanyi entered the history of the national liberation struggle of the Ukrainian people for independence as the Otaman of Kholodnyi Yar, one of the organizers of the Free Cossacks in Cherkasy region, an uncompromising fighter against Bolshevik troops, politician and public figure, a writer. In addition, while in exile, he actively cooperated with the intelligence of the Ukrainian People's Republic, as evidenced by the Branch State Archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, as well as original photographs.
Representative of the Minister of Military Affairs of the UPR Government in Exile in the Balkans
Vasyl Fylonovych was one of the most prominent representatives of the Ukrainian emigees. Leaders of the UPR government in exile rightly considered him a priceless source of reliable information about both former servicemen of the UPR Army and the situation in the emigrant environment, and often involved him in various delicate tasks. Although he was not a staff member of the Intelligence of the State Center of the UPR in exile, the GPU of the USSR closely monitored him and called him a “resident of the UPR intelligence in the Balkans” in operational documents preserved in the Branch State Archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.
The OUN Intelligence Chief “with Great Faith in the Ukrainian Truth and Ukrainian State”
Stepan Mudryk led the OUN (b) intelligence for the longest time - from 1951 until almost the end of the 1980s. At the same time, he went down in history as a consistent fighter for Ukraine's independence. From 1991 he held the position of the Head of the Main Council of the OUN. For 10 years he was Vice President of the World Congress of Free Ukrainians in Europe. For 11 years he headed the Coordination Center of Ukrainian public institutions in Europe. He had written a number of monographs, books, and articles on the history of the national liberation struggle and the activities of the OUN and UPA special services since the 1940s. That period of his activity is mentioned in the declassified document from the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.
To Tell the World the Truth About the Famine in Ukraine
The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine publishes new archival documents related to the Holodomor in Ukraine in the 1930s. They concern the activities of foreign centers of Ukrainian emigrants, which tried to draw the world's attention to the situation in Soviet Ukraine, as well as the activities of special services of the UPR government in exile aimed at gathering information and documentary evidence of the real state of affairs in Ukraine.
The UPR Government in Exile in the Struggle for Unification and Consolidation of the Ukrainian Emigre Community
The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine is publishing a unique document about the Congress of Representatives of the Government of the Ukrainian People's Republic in Exile (September 1932), which discussed unification and consolidation of all forces of Ukrainian organizations in exile. (BSA of SZRU, F.1, Case 12628. - V. 2. - PP. 270-273).
The Head of the Provid of Ukrainian Nationalists, the Very Idea to Discredit Whom Was Dismissed by the KGB
Denys Kvitkovskyi was the Head of the Provid (Leadership- transl.) of Ukrainian Nationalists (1977–1979). He entered the national history as a leader who directed all his experience as a lawyer, publicist, publisher, historian, public and political figure to unite Ukrainians of the world around the idea of restoring the statehood of Ukraine. His active work in exile was closely monitored by the KGB, as shown by the documents in the Branch State Archives of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. Declassified documents make it possible to better understand and get to know this extraordinary personality.