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31 August 2017
On 29 August 2017 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a meeting with the representatives of KINY & PARTNERS company (Seoul, Republic of Korea). The Korean delegation pays a visit to the Republic of Belarus as part of the Belarusian-Korean cooperation in the field of information technologies.

During the meeting the Korean side was informed on the state of digitization of archival records at the state archives and the creation of electronic archives in Belarus. The parties also discussed the perspectives of potential cooperation with Korean specialists in the promotion of information technologies in archive business.


Meeting with the representatives of the Republic of Korea on digitization of archival records

31 August 2017
In August 2017 the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings (BGAKFFD) received a delegation of archivists from the Republic of Kazakhstan. The delegation included Ms. G.M. Karataeva, chief of academic information and finding aids at the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ms. A.N. Tutkysheva, chief of National Archival Fonds preservation at the State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the visit the both sides exchanged their photograph albums. The Kazakh side presented a photo album dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War “The Kazakhs at the fronts of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”, BGAKKFD – a photo album marking the 30th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant “Gomel Region. The life after the Chernobyl catastrophe”.

The guests got acquainted with photo and film records on the topic “The participation of Kazakhs in combat actions of the Red Army and partisan units in the Great Patriotic War”.

As a result of the visit, a collection of documents is scheduled for publication in 2018 in the Republic of Kazakhstan untitled “Kazakhs at the fronts of Great Patriotic War” with the use of documents from the Belarusian Film and Photo Archives and the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

25 July 2017
In July 2017 the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art opened three exhibitions:

On 13 July the Archives held the opening of the exhibition “My brother” celebrating the 120th anniversary of the birth of Mikhas Mitskevich (Antos Galina), Belarusian writer, translator, pedagogue and public figure, younger brother of Yakub Kolas. The initiator and organizer of the exhibition is Yakub Kolas’s granddaughter, president of the Sakavik Children’s Foundation of Spiritual and Cultural Revival, Marya Mitskevich.

On 14 July, on the occasion of the Seventh World Congress of Belarusians, the art gallery “The Culture University” (The Palace of the Republic) opened an exhibition “Zora nad Vitaut” marking 90 years of the Belarusian figures in the United States, Zora and Vitaut Kipel. The exhibition has been organized by the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art, the World Association of Belarusians “Batskaushchyna” and the art gallery “The Culture University” of the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

The Seventh World Congress of Belarusians, held on 15-16 July in Minsk, also included the exhibition “Following Francis Skaryna: the printing legacy of Belarusian immigrants in the West” based on the documents from the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art.

For more details about the events, visit the official website of the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art (in Belarusian).

20 July 2017
The Local State Archives in Kobrin, Brest Region, offers an exhibition of documents and photographs marking the 730th anniversary of the town of Kobrin.

The exhibition shows documents held in the Archives and photographs available from the Kobrin Military Historical Museum named after A.V. Suvorov.

13 July 2017
By order of the director of the Department for Archives and Records Mangement of the Justice Ministry of 12 July 2017,Andrey Konstantinovich DEMIANYUK is appointed Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

A.K. Demianyuk, b. 1960, graduated from the Minsk State Pedagogical Institute named after A.M. Gorky in 1989, from the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Belarus in 2006.

A.K. Demianyuk started his work activity in 1978. From 1997 to 2002 he worked at the Secretariat of the Council of the Republic at the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, from 2002 to 2015 held the post of the administration executive officer at the Oktyabrsky district in Minsk, from 2015 to 2017 held the post of deputy general director in ideology and social issues at the City Road Works of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

On 12 July 2017 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Mangement of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash introduced Andrey Demianyuk to the staff of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

13 July 2017
On 12 July 2017 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the following issues: the results of complex inspection at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Records; inspection of financial and economic activities at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Records; handling of inquiries from citizens and legal persons in archives and records institutions in the first half of 2017.

On discussing the results of complex inspection at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Records, the Archive’s work was assessed satisfactory with the necessity to remove the shortcomings revealed during the inspection.

On the third issue it was noted that handling of inquiries from citizens and legal persons to Belarusian archives and records institutions in the first half of 2017 was conducted in compliance with Belarus Law of 18 July «On inquiries from citizens and legal persons», Presidential Decree of 15 October 207 ¹ 498 «On additional measures to handle inquries from citizens and legal persons», and Presidential Directive of 27 December 2006 ¹ 2 «On measures for further debureaucratization of the state apparatus».

The work of archival institutions in the reported period was directed at the timely and qualitative execution of inquiries and petitions. The Department for Archives and Records Management and the regional archives and records authorities execute permanent control over the observance of legislation in this sphere. No violations of legislation have been found.

Considerable attention in the first half of 2017 was paid to control over terms of execution of inquries and filling the internet resources with proper information. In addition, the state archives inform interested persons on the composition and contents of archival documents in the mass media.

12 July 2017
Nelya A. Borovik, Director of the Local State Archives in Glubokoe took part in the Summer School for Archivists in CIS Countries held in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan between 26 and 30 June 2017.

The organizers were the Archives of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Institute for History and Archives of the Russian State University for the Humanties (RGGU), and the Faculty of History, Archaeolgy and Ethnology of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

The issues on the agenda included electronic records management in recordkeeping and in archives, acquisition of personnel records, automation of main processes in archive business and upgrading of archival equipment.

The speakers at the event were Director of the Archives of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Prof. Boris Dzhaparov («Practices, innovations and perspectives of the the Archives of the President of Kazakhstan in the 21st century»), Director of the RGGU Humanities Archives, Prof. Filipp Taratorkin («Archives and politics in Russia in the 20th century», «The University Archives: concept, tasks and practices», «Archival studies in the academic biography of Russian and Soviet historians in the 20th century»), Doctor of History, Prof. Mikhail Larin («Electronic records management in recorkeeping and in archives (world experience)».

The practical part included lectures-presentations on new technologies in archival storage of original records and their backup copies, and in modern archive facilities on the example of the leading archives in Europe. Of special interest was a presentation of the online reading room with remote access at the Archives of the President of Kazakhstan.

The participants were given a tour of the Archives of the President of Kazakhstan, a museum, library and press centre of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the Central State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Central State Archives in Almaty.

28 June 2017
The delegation of Belarusian archivists headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, Viktor Kurash, took part in the 18th General Conference of the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA), the session of the Consultative Council of the heads of the state archival services of the CIS member states, and the international scholarly conference “Current issues related to the acquisition of archives”.

The events took place on 20-22 June 2017 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.

The Belarusian delegation included Director of the State Archives of Brest Region A.G. Karapuzova, acting director at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus E.V. Kushnova, Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (VNIIDAD) A.E. Rybakov.

At the 18th EURASICA General Conference the representatives of archival institutions from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Uzbekistan discussed the results of work of the Eurasian Branch in 2016, and the results of the 18th International Congress of Archives in 2016 in Seoul (Republic of Korea). The next session of EURASICA will take place in 2018 in Warsaw (Republic of Poland).

The Consultative Council heard reports on the development of archive business in the CIS countries, and the report of VNIIDAD Institute on its work as a basic institution in retraining and advanced training in archival studies and records management in CIS countries. The Council discussed the topical issues of cooperation in archive business in CIS countries. The next Consultative Council of the heads of the state archival services of the CIS member states is scheduled to take place in 2018 in Moscow (Russian Federation).

The international scholarly conference “Current issues related to the acquisition of archives” heard reports by E.V. Kushnova («Topical issues in the acquisition of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus in modern conditions») and A.E. Rybakov («Acquisition of Belarusian archives: modern challenges, solutions, perspectives»).

21 June 2017
The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings (BGAKFFD) and the internet portal TUT.BY have released an issue of the joint project “These Are We”.

This issue is called “A great-power chauvinist” and ”national-fascist”. Why they persecuted the historian Mitrofan Dovnar-Zapolsky“ dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mitrofan DOVNAR-ZAPOLSKY, Belarusian historian, ethnographer, folklorist, economist, founder of Belarusian national historiography.

The video materials have been prepared by BGAKFFD leading archivist Elena Poleshchuk.

31 May 2017
On 30 May 2017 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the results of a complex inspection of the activities at the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation (BGANTD).

The BGANTD Archive pays serious attention to issues of records acquisition, storage security, maintenance and use. The Archive’s work has been assessed as satisfactory.

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