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11 October 2019
On 10 October 2019 the Bookshop “Svetoch House of Books” hosted a presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War – “Partisan Belarus. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Partisan Movement in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War” and “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Villages Burned Down in Belarus in the Great Patriotic War”.

The published collections contain over 500 documentary photographs available from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings (BGAKFFD).

The speakers at the event were Director of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House O. V. Vanina; Head of the Publishing and Printing Department at the Ministry of Information V. V. Andriyevich; Head of Military History at the History Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Prof. A. M. Litvin; Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. K. Demyanyuk; Editor in Chief of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House L. V. Yazykovich; Head of Information and Records Use at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings T. L. Rakhmanko.

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”

Presentation of the series of books “Belarus Remembers”
09 October 2019
On 8 October 2019 the Minsk Region Executive Committee opened a historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival” timed to the regional holiday of village workers “Dozhinki-2019” in the city of Borisov. The exhibition has been prepared by the State Archives of Minsk Region.

The culture of the Belarusian people is closely connected with the land. Many holidays, rites and traditions take root in the events of the land calendar. The Dozhinki feast is probably the most popular of such holidays dedicated to the gathered harvest, crop productivity and family welfare. By this time all field works are nearing the end of the harvest crops and flax picking.

The Dozhinki Festival has always been an important event in Belarus celebrated with beautiful rites. From 1996 the feast was celebrated annually in different district towns as the national festival-fair of village workers. Since 2014 the feast has been organized in one of the district centres by each administrative province independently.

The exhibition shows documents describing the Harvest Festival beginning from 1924, the First All-Belarus Agricultural Exhibition in 1930, the Fourth Minsk Region Agricultural Exhibition and more. Of special interest are the Winner Diploma issued at the Harvest Festival in 1925 and photos of the agricultural equipment from the 1950s available from the State Archives of Minsk Region.

The website of the Minsk Region Executive Committee posts an exhibition of electronic documents “DOZHINKI: INSIGHT INTO TIME. HARVEST FESTIVAL. ELECTRONIC EXHIBITION” (In Russian)

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”

A historical documentary exhibition “Harvest Festival”
08 October 2019
On 4 October 2019 the National Historical Archives of Belarus held a ceremonial opening of an additional reading room for 14 study seats. Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash took part at the event. The decision to open another reading room was taken in regard to many appeals from the Archive’s customers, whose number significantly increased in the past years. Apart from the Archive’s staff, the event was attended by long-time visitors of the Reading Room, including the foreign customers.

The Department’s Director Viktor Kurash congratulated the Archive’s personnel on their professional holiday of the Archives Day, praised their achievements in the past year and wished them further successful work. A number of employees who achieved best results in the current year received honorary diplomas and awards from the National Historical Archives, presented to them by the Archive’s Director Dmitry Yatsevich.

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives

Opening of a new reading room at the National Historical Archives
04 October 2019
The Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival has opened in Minsk. The Festival marks four years, three of which took place in the Belarusian capital. According to its organizers, the choice fell on Minsk because “it serves as a unifying centre of the peoples”.

This year the Festival started in Smolensk, Russia and continued in Minsk. On 3 October the Belarusian documentary “Doctor Shuba” was shown to the public in Minsk. Produced by the Letopis Film Studio and directed by the People’s Artist of Belarus Anatoly Alay, the film is based on documentary sources and is dedicated to the fate of the famous Belarusian surgeon, Honorary Physician of the Belarusian SSR, Chief of the First Clinical Hospital in Minsk, Alexey Ivanovich Shuba. The film has widely used documents available from the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the State Archives of Minsk Region etc.

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival

Eurasia DOC CIS Countries Documentary Film Festival
04 October 2019
To archivists of the Republic of Belarus


Dear friends!


On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Belarus please accept congratulations on your professional holiday – the Archives Day.

The archival science is an important part of scientific, historical, informational and cultural sphere of any society. The archival institutions in our country are basic repositories of valuable documentary information reflecting the past and present of Belarus.

Thanks to your thorough work the accumulated evidences of a thousand long historical experience of the Belarusian people not only survive but are actively used in research, administrative and cultural purposes and become widely known in this country and abroad.

Preserving and increasing century old traditions on the modern stage the Belarusian archives promote the use of new achievements and technologies in their activity, evaluating their important role for the society in processes of informatization and transition to a new level of development.

We wish you good health, further success and prosperity.





Deputy Prime Minister
Republic of Belarus


Igor Petrishenko

02 October 2019
On 30 September 2019 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issue of preparation for 2019/2020 autumn-winter season at the state archival institutions.

The Board notes the positive work by the state archives in fulfilling the scheduled events and timely receipt of registration certificates for heating sources and heat energy consumers.

The Board instructs the state archives to ensure reliable maintenance and fire safety at the archive facilities in 2019/2020 autumn-winter season, to fulfill energy saving measures and winter preparation works, and to ensure the control of payments for fuel and energy resources according to the Resolution of Council of Ministers of the RB of 11 September 2019 No. 609 “On questions in the field of heat supply” in the area concerning the state archival institutions as consumers of heat energy.

The Board also heard the report by BGAKFFD Director Deputy Elena Grinevich “On fulfilling the Directive by Belarus President of 11 March 2004 No. 1 “On measures for strengthening the public safety and discipline” at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings BGAKFFD”.
02 October 2019
”The City of Tomorrow” is an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, German High School of Building and Art Design. The exhibition has been initiated by the Goethe Institute in Belarus and is exhibited at the Art-Belarus Gallery in the Palace of Arts in Minsk. The exhibition is dedicated to modernist trends in Soviet architecture and building and their representation in modern architectural heritage.

The exhibition has widely presented visual and graphic documents from the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation (BGANTD).

The exhibition runs till October 25, 2019.

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design

Exhibition on 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, German School of Art Design
30 September 2019
On 25 September 2019 the heads of archive services and state archival institutions of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation had a professional meeting in Vitebsk, Belarus.

The delegation of Belarusian archivists was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Kurash, the Russian delegation by Chief of the Federal Archival Agency of Russia Andrey Artizov.

The meeting included a joint session of the boards of the Belarusian Archives Department and the Russian Archival Agency. They discussed the issue of “Practices of representation of information on the Internet by the state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation”.

The professional meeting was followed by the scholarly conference on the topic “The acquisition, preservation and use of documents of non-government institutions”.



  • RESOLUTION of the joint meeting of the boards of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Archival Agency (in Russian)


  • Professional meeting of the heads of archive services and state archival institutions of Belarus and Russia

    Professional meeting of the heads of archive services and state archival institutions of Belarus and Russia

    Professional meeting of the heads of archive services and state archival institutions of Belarus and Russia

    Professional meeting of the heads of archive services and state archival institutions of Belarus and Russia
    30 September 2019
    On 18 September 2019 the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus and the National Records and Archive Authority of the Sultanate of Oman signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of historical documentation, records and archives administration.

    The Memorandum was signed by the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Belarus Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash and the Chairman of the National Records and Archive Authority of the Sultanate of Oman H.E. Dr. Hamad Al-Dhawayani.

    The Belarusian-Omani cooperation in the field of archives started in the summer of 2018, when the Omani delegation visited the Republic of Belarus. As part of further cooperation, the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management initiated the conclusion of the international inter-agency agreement with the National Records and Archive Authority of the Sultanate of Oman.

    The signed Memorandum is directed at the promotion of bilateral relations in the field of archives and records management in the Republic of Belarus and the Sultanate of Oman. This provides for exchange of archive copies on the history of two countries, visits of expert delegations on issues of information technologies, including restoration of archival documents, development of electronic government and electronic recordkeeping, organization of events in preservation of documental heritage of Belarus and Oman, exhibition projects, and more.

    Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of historical documentation, records and archives administration

    Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the sphere of historical documentation, records and archives administration
    30 September 2019
    Director of the State Archives of Brest Region Anna Karapuzova took part in the events celebrating the 80th anniversary of the reunification of Western Belarus and the Belarusian SSR.

    On 17 September 2019 the Brest Regional Museum held an unveiling of the exhibition “Twelve artifacts” dedicated to 1000 Years of the City of Brest. The exhibition displays the Banner of the Brest Underground Committee of the Communist Party of Western Belarus of the 1920s-1930s. This Banner was transferred to the Museum from the Brest Archives in 1956 by the directive by the Archives Administration of the Internal Ministry of the Belarusian SSR, along with other similar materials.

    Such banners were kept as material evidence in the archives of the law enforcement agencies of Poland in 1921-1939, who fixed in their reports and investigative cases all actions by members of the underground Communist Party of Western Belarus, including the facts of posting up such banners in various towns and villages.

    On 20 September 2019 Anna Karapuzova took part in the scholarly conference “The Martynov Readings” organized by the Kobrin Regional Executive Committee and the Suvorov Military-Historical Museum in Kobrin. The director of Brest Archives delivered a report on the topic “The history of Kobrin Region in the documents of the State Archives of Brest Region”.

    Director of the State Archives of Brest Region Anna Karapuzova in the events celebrating the 80th anniversary of the reunification of Western Belarus and the Belarusian SSR

    Director of the State Archives of Brest Region Anna Karapuzova in the events celebrating the 80th anniversary of the reunification of Western Belarus and the Belarusian SSR
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