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08 June 2015
On 2-4 June 2015 a professional meeting was held in Grodno, Belarus, that included heads of archive services and state archival institutions of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation. The delegation of Belarusian archivists was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko, the Russian delegation by the Chief of the Federal Archival Agency of the Culture Ministry of the Russian Federation A. Artizov. Attendees at the meeting were representatives of the archive service of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting discussed issues of providing archival services to citizens and juridical persons at the state archives of Russia and Belarus.

The event included a joint board meeting of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus and the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation. The board meeting discussed issues of “Practices of the Belarusian and Russian archive services in making lists of records creating organizations, sources of records acquisition for the state archives in the Republic of Belarus and the federal archives in the Russian Federation” and “The plan of joint actions of the Department for Archives and Records Management of Belarus and the Federal Archival Agency of Russia for 2014-2016”.

During the meeting the participants acquainted with the work of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno and the State Archives of Grodno Region.











04 June 2015
On 21-22 May 2015 in Kyiv, Ukraine the head of the archeography division at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) V.S. Pazdnyakou took part at the All-Ukrainian (with international participation) Scholarly Conference “Archives – Science – Society: Ways of Interaction” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Archival Affairs and Records Keeping. He delivered a report on the topic “Achievements in the field of archival editing at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science”.

The conference included the exchange of practices in the field of archival science and historical editing, defined the ways of further cooperation.





29 May 2015
The 15th international conference Archives in the Social Environment of the 21st Century was held on 21-22 May 2015 in Warsaw, Poland in the series of international archival conferences «Colloquia Jerzy Skowronek dedicata». The organizer of the conference was the Head Office of the State Archives of Poland.

The conference brought together representatives from 17 countries (Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Croatia and Estonia).

The conference focused on the issues related to the participation of archival institutions in the Internet, particularly in social networks. The other topics included the engagement of volunteer groups in the archive activities, the direct cooperation of archives with social organizations, some theoretical issues in the archive business etc.

Attendee at the conference from the Belarusian side was the Head of the Records and Information Use Division G. Zholnerkevich who delivered a report “Records of the state archives of the Republic of Belarus as a source of intercommunication with modern society”.











20 May 2015
International scholarly conference Great Victory: History and Modern Time was held in Minsk on 14-15 May 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The organisers of the conference are the State Archives of Minsk Region, the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the Central Archives of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus.



13 May 2015
Records Retention Schedule

The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) issued a new edition of the Retention Schedule for standard records of government agencies, institutions and individual entrepreneurs.

The Schedule defines a period of retention for records created by government agencies, institutions and physical entities and is mandatory for use in all institutions and organizations in the Republic of Belarus. The Schedule is used in preparing classification schemes and file plans, appraisal of records, formation and description of records, acquisition of archives, processing of archival inventories etc.

The new edition includes changes and amendments adopted by the resolutions of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus No. 116 of 20 May 2014 and No. 242 of 12 December 2014. The Schedule is attached with an index to record types and names and scholarly comments on its use.
12 May 2015
The State Archives of Brest Region has organized a series of expositions dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The exhibition of documents called “ Brest. Occupation. 1941-1944” shows more than 40 documents from the Brest city administration for 1941-1944, from the newspaper “Nashe slovo” that was published in Brest during the Nazi occupation. These are the first decrees and orders of the German occupation authorities; documents that illustrate the system of food supply of the city population, the occupation policy of forced labour and deportation to Germany, German propaganda posters calling for voluntary work in Germany; various applications from Brest residents to the City Council that give evidence of their disastrous state etc.

A separate exposition offers documents illustrating the aftermath of the war and the damage inflicted on Brest (records of the Brest regional commission for assistance to the Extraordinary State Commission for Investigation of Nazi Crimes and Damage).

A symbolic poster column shows advertisements, fragments of newspaper from various periods (before the war, during the occupation and the liberation of the city), pages of the regional newspaper “Zarya” dated 8, 11 and 13 May 1945 dedicated to the Victory Day.





11 May 2015
On 29 April 2015 the State Archives of Astana City (Kazakhstan) with the participation of the Ambassador of Belarus to Kazakhstan Mr. A. Nichkasov held a presentation of the book of archival documents “The archives speak…” published in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The book contains archival documents held at the archives of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The book’s section called “Kazakhstan Partisans” includes documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus discovered by Belarusian and Kazakh archivists and prepared with the assistance of the Belarus Embassy.

The event also included an exhibition of documentary photographs from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings entitled “Unconquered Belarus”. Among the participants were representatives of the diplomatic corps, WWII veterans and workers in the Soviet rear, members of the state agencies and the Belarusian community in Kazakhstan.

08 May 2015
On 7 May 2015 the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Adamushko, took part at the plenary meeting of the International scholarly conference dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, where he delivered a report “Documents of the national archival holdings of the Republic of Belarus and the publications of the state archives on the history of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945”.

The conference was organized by the National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Defense and included an exhibition of war documents.

The project was implemented by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings with the participation of the State Archives of the Russian Federation, the Russian Photo and Film Archives, the Russian Archives of Socio-Political History and the Belarusian regional and local state archives.




08 May 2015
The Local State Archives in Baranovichi (Brest Region) opens an exhibition of documents to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The exhibition presents the archive’s records: front line letters from 1943-1944, copies of articles from the 1945 newspapers, 1941-1945 photographs highlighting the partisan warfare in Belarus, the last combat in Western Europe and the capitulation of Germany.

The exhibition runs from 7 May 2015.



08 May 2015
On 5 May 2015 the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings held a presentation of the photo album “Vasily Arkashev. My War” in the Labyrinth Gallery of the National Library of Belarus. The event was organized as part of the cultural and educational project “We glorify the heroic deeds” to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The photo album “My War” is a joint project of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of Belarus and the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.

As a photo correspondent for the army newspaper "We shall destroy the enemy" and then with the front line newspaper "The Red Army Truth", Vasily Arkashev fought battles from Minsk to Moscow and then from Moscow to Konigsberg (now Kaliningrad). His war routes passed through Moscow, Smolensk, Belarus, Lithuania, East Prussia and other areas, where he continuously took photographs.

The collection of 508 photographs taken by Vasily Arkashev is held at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.
Many photographs in the album “My War” provide interesting and valuable evidence about the Second World War. These depict numerous fighting episodes, the army daily life, attacks, stream crossings, the activity of medical and sanitary battalions, interrogations of prisoners, etc. Of great interest are the photographs depicting the early days of the war, when the 100th Infantry Division resisted the Nazi attack in the area of Ostroshitski Gorodok and along the Logoisk highway. A considerable part of the records highlight the events relating to the Battle of Moscow, the liberation of Gzhatsk, Vyazma, Dorogobuzh, Elnya, Smolensk and other areas.









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