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30 December 2015
On 29 December 2015 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held a board meeting to discuss the issues of handling inquiries from citizens and legal persons at the state archival institutions in the second half of 2015, the state of work quota measurement at the state archival institutions, the execution of legislation against corruption at the central archival institutions in 2015 and a number of other issues.

The department board noted that inquiries from citizens and legal entities have been handled in strict compliance with Belarusian legislation. The work of the archive institutions in this area 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.

The department board discussed and approved the draft Plan of Actions of the Department for 2016.

28 December 2015
On 18-24 December 2015 the central state archives and institutions held annual meetings of employees to summarize the results of work in 2015 and to set up objectives for 2016. Attending the meetings were chiefs and division heads of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus.

In the meetings it was noted that all scheduled tasks in the main areas of archival activity have been fulfilled. In 2015 the central archival institutions performed activities under the Archives of Belarus 2011-2015 State Programme, conducted work in the protection and security of archival fonds, strengthening of archives logistics and resources basis, the formation and stocking of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus, etc. An important area of archival activity was the provision of information services to customers, the use of archival records, the information provision of governmental institutions and local self-government, etc.

The participants also raised issues of development of the material and technical basis, increase of wages to archivists, etc.

21 December 2015
On 17 December 2015 as part of the New Year charity action Our Children Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management O. Ledovskaya, Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies A. Rybakov and Deputy Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus I. Kovganova visited the Social Pedagogical Centre of Smolevichi District and presented new year gifts to the centre’s inmates.

07 December 2015
Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko participated in the meeting of the heads of archival services of Belarus, Lithuania and Poland held on 2-4 December 2015 in Vilnius.

The meeting discussed the issues of cooperation between the archival institutions of Belarus, Lithuania and Poland. Special attention was put on the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of M. Oginsky and the cooperation in safeguarding the world documentary heritage as part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

The meeting participants visited the Kaunas and Siauliai archives to learn the experience of the Lithuanian colleagues.

Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash took part in the events.

01 December 2015
22nd International Conference “Documentation in the Information Society: Problems of Standardization” was held on 18-19 November in Moscow, Russian Federation at the conference hall of the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History.

The Conference was organized by the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA), the Federal Archival Agency of Russia, the All-Russian Research Institute of Documentation and Archival Science, with the participation of the Russian State University for the Humanities and the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists.

Participants at the conference were representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The Archival Service of Belarus was represented by Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Documentation and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) A. Rybakov.

The plenary session included seven reports. The work continued in two sections: Section 1 “Theoretical aspects of standardization in records management”; Section 2 “Practices of the development and use of standards”. The conference also included a round table “The professional standards and their influence on the training of specialists”. In all, over 40 reports were announced at the conference. A. Rybakov (member of the organizing committee) delivered a report “The creation, implementation and use of standards in the field of records management: Belarusian experience” (plenary session).

During the discussions the main focus was placed on the issues of standardization of records management processes in the conditions of electronic record keeping and harmonization of national standards with international standards.

Full text in Russian

30 November 2015
An international scholarly conference, Theoretical and Practical Issues in Records Management and Archival Science: Retrospective View and Modern Development takes place in Minsk on 2-3 December 2015.

The Conference Programme (in Russian)
30 November 2015
On 25 November 2015 the Central Academic Yakub Kolas Library hosted a presentation of books released by the State Archives of Minsk Region in 2015: a collection of documents and materials “The Religious Life in Minsk Region in 1918-1941” and a commemorative book “We Will Remember Them By Name…” about the patriots who provided medical assistance to partisan fighters in Minsk Region in the Second World War.

The presentation included an exhibition of documents “The Religious Life in Minsk Region in 1918-1941” prepared by the Archive’s staff together with the employees of the Central Academic Yakub Kolas Library, the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Among the speakers at the presentation were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko, Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region Yu. Romashko, Professor of the Department of Church History of Minsk Ecclesiastical Academy, Associate Professor of the Belarusian State University V. Teplova, Head of the Department of Church History of Minsk Ecclesiastical Academy A. Slesarev, Deputy Director of the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War A. Galinskaya etc.

On behalf of the Muslim religious community in the Republic of Belarus the presentation was attended by Mufti Abu-Bekir Shabanovich.


Presentation of books published by the State Archives of Minsk Region in 2015



Presentation of books published by the State Archives of Minsk Region in 2015


Presentation of books published by the State Archives of Minsk Region in 2015


Presentation of books published by the State Archives of Minsk Region in 2015

25 November 2015
On 19 November 2015 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko and Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash participated in the round table on “The Reunion of the Belarusian People: Urgent Problems of Research and Education” organized by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

16 November 2015
The Heraldry Council under the President of the Republic of Belarus approved the Methodical Recommendations for the Creation of Official Heraldic Symbols. The Recommendations have been developed in accordance with the Republic of Belarus Law of 26 May 2012 “On official heraldic symbols” and the Presidential Decree of 7 August 2002 No 441 “On establishing the Heraldry Council under the President of Belarus”. The guidelines define the status and types of official heraldic symbols, principles and rules of their creation, and requirements to the heraldic symbols of the special funds of the President of Belarus, government agencies and their structural subdivisions, branches and units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, other governmental institutions, national public associations, political parties, trade unions, other social unions and leagues.

The official heraldic symbols in these Recommendations mean emblems, flags, banners, standards, breast badges and identification signs for government institutions and other organizations. The heraldic symbols are designed for the purpose of providing heraldic support to government institutions and other organizations, for their visual separation from each other.

06 November 2015
On 4 November 2015 the Municipal Art Gallery of Works by Leonid Shchemelyov in Minsk opened an exhibition dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the birth of People’s Architect of Belarus Yury SHPIT. The exhibition is organized jointly by the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation and the Museum of the History of Minsk City.

The exhibition features documents and photos from the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation related to the versatile professional activity of the architect.

At the opening of the exhibition spoke Honored Architect of the BSSR Yu. Gradov, Director of the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation A. Zapartyko, Deputy President of the Belarusian Union of Architects V. Drazhin etc. Among the participants were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management V. Adamushko, Director of the Belarusian Archives-Museum of Literature and Art A. Zapartyko, architects L. Yesman, N. Yesman, L. Nordshtein, G. Gorina, T. Stanishevskaya etc.

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