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Moldova Sets Up Commission To Evaluate Communist Era

CHISINAU -- Moldova's acting President Mihai Ghimpu has approved the creation of a special commission to assess the country's communist past, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

The commission will be led by historian Gheorghe Cojocaru and will include around 25 writers, philosophers, and historians.

It will deal with the decades before the break-up of the Soviet Union up to 1991, and will produce a report by June 1.

The commission will reportedly for the first time be able to study the Moldovan archives of the former Soviet Union's secret police, which have thus far been
closed to scholars and the public.