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Wednesday, 7 February, 2001, 16:54 GMT
Poland opens Communist-era secret files

More than ten years after the collapse of Communism, Poland has opened files which were kept by the Communist-era secret police.

The National Remembrance Institute, which was set up specially to make the archives available, have begun taking applications from people who wish to see their files.

A BBC correspondent in the region says that opening secret police files has caused controversy across Eastern Europe and there's been a mixed response in Poland.

The leader of the Solidarity movement, Marian Krzaklewski, says he will put his files on the Internet.

But some Church leaders and other former dissidents say some files were falsified, and others destroyed.

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