VILNIUS, Lithuania — Cold War-era espionage files that were handwritten by Lithuanians who spied for the Soviet Union are being made available online thanks to a state-funded research institute.

Terese Burauskaite, director of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania, said Friday the documents ordinary citizens prepared for the KGB reveal “interesting details about how agents worked and reported.”

Burauskaite says the institute also plans to publish reports agents for the KGB, the main Soviet security agency, wrote about Lithuanian organizations in exile during the former Soviet republic’s 1940-1991 Communist regimes.

The institute has since 2011 published online more than 5,500 Lithuanian-language documents about KGB operations — including the names of officers who were active in the 1980s.

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