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20 November 2018
Between 12 and 15 November 2018 the delegation of Belarusian archivists visited Kaunas, the Republic of Lithuania, to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition “The end of the First World War: a decisive turn for modern Europe”. The delegation included First Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry O. Biryukova and Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. Demyanyuk. The Belarusian exposition presented documents from the state archives in Belarus highlighting the 100th anniversary of the state building in Belarus.

The opening ceremony, organized by Lithuanian archivists, was attended by representatives from archive services of Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Finland, Estonia and Georgia.

The Belarus delegation also visited the Lithuanian Central State Archives, the Lithuanian State Historical Archives and the Kaunas Regional Archives to acquaint with the work of Lithuanian archivists.

During the events the participants exchanged their experience in the field of archive business and discussed issues of joint work in archival projects.

 Documents of Belarusian archives on 100th anniversary of the state building in Belarus at the Belarusian exposition stand in Kaunas


At the Kaunas exhibition “The end of the First World War: a decisive turn for modern Europe”


At the Kaunas exhibition “The end of the First World War: a decisive turn for modern Europe”

14 November 2018
On 11 November 2018 the Memorial Church in Honor of All Saints in Minsk held ceremonial events dedicated to the centenary of the end of the First World War. In the church crypt the participants laid the capsule with the soil brought from the WWI battlefield at Smorgon. The heroic defense of Smorgon in WWI has become a symbol of this war in Belarus. The white hall of the church hosted the opening of the thematic exhibition and a presentation of the book “Obelisks in memory of the Russian imperial army in the First World War” (authors E. Khoroshevich, A. Sharkov).

Director of the National Archives of Belarus A. Demyanyuk and Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus D. Yatsevich attended the ceremonial events. As a gift to the church museum they handed over to Senior Priest Fyodor Povny, Superior of the All-Saints Parish, a selection of digital copies of documents from the archive holdings, and three books of published documents “The burned villages of Belarus. 1941-1944”, “The burned villages of Russia. 1941-1944” and “Belarus in the First World War. 1914-1918”.

 Director of the National Historical Archives Yatsevich donates the book “Belarus in the First World War. 1914-1918” to the museum of the All-Saints Memorial Church



 Director of the National Archives A. Demyanyuk donates to the museum of the All-Saints Memorial Church the books  “The burned villages of Belarus. 1941-1944” and “The burned villages of Russia. 1941-1944”

14 November 2018
On 9 November 2018 the Local State Archives in Kobrin (Brest Region) held a ceremonial meeting dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the foundation of the Archives.

The Archives was established according to Resolution by the Council of Ministers of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic dated 11 November 1963 No. 537 as a branch of the State Archives of Brest Region at Kobrin.


 Ceremonial meeting dedicated to 55th anniversary of the foundation of the Kobrin Archives

12 November 2018
A ceremonial opening of the new building of the Local State Archives in Slutsk (Minsk Region) took place on 7 November 2018.

The meeting was attended by Chairman of Minsk Region Executive Committee A. Isachenko, Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management O. Ledovskaya, Deputy Chairman of Slutsk District Executive Committee D. Korolyov and other honoured guests.

The construction of the new building has been completed on the sidelines of the investment program for Minsk Region. 2,8 million rubles have been spent. The total area of the building is 2 177 sq meters. The area of the archival repository has increased thrice and is now 660 sq meters expected to receive 440 000 storage files. The building is equipped with mobile shelves, modern systems of ventilation and video monitoring, burglar alarm, fire system, a miniature boiler. There is a reading room and an exhibition hall. A local computer network has been installed for work with the Standard Archive Automated Information System. The Archive has acquired new scanning and computer equipment.





12 November 2018
The Local State Archives in Rechitsa (Gomel Region) hosts an exhibition dedicated to 73rd anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The exhibition is entitled “The memory of Nazi crimes in the area of Rechitsa District in archival records”.
Members of the Rechitsa District Council of War and Labour Veterans visited the exhibition and acquainted with archival documents highlighting the policy of Nazi Germans towards Soviet citizens. The guests were given a tour of the Archives.


 The Local State Archives in Rechitsa holds an exhibition dedicated to 73rd anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in WWII


 The Local State Archives in Rechitsa holds an exhibition dedicated to 73rd anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in WWII


 The Local State Archives in Rechitsa holds an exhibition dedicated to 73rd anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in WWII

31 October 2018
On 30 October 2018 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issue “On the work of reading rooms in the state archives”.

The meeting reviewed the activity of reading rooms in the state archives for the period of 2015 to the first half of 2018. A special attention was paid to the improvement of technical equipment in reading rooms and the use of access records in them.

Following the discussion the decision was adopted to make changes (amendments) to the Instruction on the Procedure of Use of Archival Records in Reading Rooms in State Archives, approved by Resolution of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus of 24 May 2012 No. 133.

30 October 2018
The First International Forum of Young Historians and Archivists took place in Moscow from 9 to 13 September 2018. The organizer of the Forum is the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists with the support of the Russian Historical Society, the History of Motherland Foundation, and the Russian State University for the Humanities. The Forum aims at consolidating young archivists in Russia and close foreign countries to create a single information field for exchange of information and further communication between young archivists in the member countries.

The young staff members of the State Archives of Minsk Region, archivists Olga Lisyuk and Natalia Kanashevskaya, attended the meeting.

The ceremonial opening of the Forum was held at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on 10 September, with a welcome speech delivered by Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities Alexander Bezborodov, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists Grigory Lanskoy and Dean of the Archives Faculty at the History and Archives Institute Elena Malysheva. The guests had an excursion of the Russian State University for the Humanities and the History and Archives Institute.

During the Forum the participants visited the State Archives of the Russian Federation, where they had a tour of the archives and the educational section from the experts. The original copy of Tsar Nicholas II’s Manifesto of Abdication from the Throne and his personal diary aroused an especially great interest among the participants.

On the third day of the Forum the participants went to the town of Krasnogorsk in Moscow Region to visit the Russian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings. In the cinema room of the Archives they watched a selection of unique video footage devoted to the life of the Tsar’s family in 1896-1916, the session of the First State Duma in 1906 and other important events of the past. The young archivists also visited the archival repositories of film records, photographs, video and sound recordings and got acquainted with the work of different divisions and the principles of digitization and processing of video documents on the tape.

The ceremonial closing of the First International Forum of Young Historians and Archivists took place on 13 September at the Main Archival Administration of the City of Moscow. The participants had a tour of the Central State Archives of Moscow City and later at the conference hall presented their reports and presentations on the development of archive business in their countries. Members of the State Archives of Minsk Region read their reports “The history of archive business in the Republic of Belarus” (Olga Lisyuk) and “The State Archives of Minsk Region in 1938-2018” (Natalia Kanashevskaya).

The participants of the Forum in front of the building of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation

26 October 2018
Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region Yu. Romashko took part in the International scholarly conference “ARCHIVES AND ESTATES”. More details are on the website of the State Archives of Minsk Region: http://gamn.by/novosti/item/costoyalas-mezhdunarodnaya-nauchnaya-konferenciya-%C2%ABarhivy-i-usadby%C2%BB (in the Russian language)

22 October 2018
On 17-18 October Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Kurash had a working visit to Brest Region.

During his trip V. Kurash visited the State Archives of Brest Region and the Local State Archives in Kobrin, where he got acquainted with the material and technical basis of the archives. At the State Archives of Brest Region, Director V. Kurash took part at the opening of the second stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”.

The visit also included a meeting with S. Kalinovsky, Chief of the Justice Administration at the Brest Regional Executive Committee, in which they discussed issues related to the development of archive business in the region.

22 October 2018
The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus” was held on 17-18 October at the State Archives of Brest Region. 17 archivists participated at the contest.

The organizers of the contest are the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus and the public association “The Belarusian Society of Archivists” with the support of the Belarusian Trade Union of Workers of Government Institutions and Other Organizations.

The objectives of the contest are to bring out and support the best archivists with high professional level, to create a positive image of the archive business, to increase the social status of the archive profession and to encourage archivists to research more the history of Belarus on the basis of archival documents.

The contest included two stages. At the first stage the contesters presented their works on the topic “The small homeland in the documents of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus”. The second stage was conducted in the form of theoretical and practical tasks on the legal aspects of the activities at the state archival institutions.

The winners of the contest have been presented with diplomas and prizes – Svetlana Kuzina (division head at the Local State Archives in Kobrin); Tatiana Ageyenko (leading research fellow at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus); Natalia Fedotova-Shner (leading archivist at the State Archives of Vitebsk Region) and Yulia Gryadovka (leading archivist at the Local State Archives in Orsha).

 The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”


 The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”


 The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”


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