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03 April 2014
On 2 April 2014 an exhibition of records was opened at the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders. The exposition was presented at the opening of the fourth session of the Upper Chamber of Belarusian Parliament of the 5th convocation.

The exhibition of records was prepared 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 Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History, and a number of Belarusian regional and local archives.

The director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Mr. Vladimir Adamushko made a speech before the members of the Council of the Republic.

The Belarusian senators had been shown a 1944 documentary film “The Liberation of Soviet Belarus” available from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.


Exhibition of records


Exhibition of records


Exhibition of records


26 March 2014
On 25 March 2013 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issues of the Department’s Thematic Plan of Research and Development for 2014, the Report on Research and Development in 2013, and about the commercial results of the research and technical activities.

The department board approved theThematic Plan of Research and Development for 2014 and the Report on Research and Development in 2013.

21 March 2014
The regular session of the Heraldry Council at the President of Belarus has adopted the Methodical Recommendations on establishing the official heraldic symbols of administrative-territorial and territorial units in the Republic of Belarus (Session Minutes No 2 of February 27, 2014).

The Methodical Recommendations have been developed in compliance with the Republic of Belarus Law of May 26, 2012 “On official heraldic symbols” and the Presidential Decree No 441 of August 7, 2002 “On establishing the Heraldry Council under the President of the Republic of Belarus”. These procedural guidelines describe the requirements to the creation of official heraldic symbols for the administrative and territorial units of the Republic of Belarus – coat of arms and flag. Coat of arms and flags are being designed with the aim of providing heraldic resources for administrative and territorial units, preserving and strengthening the historical traditions, and facilitating the visual distinction of one administrative-territorial unit from the other.

26 February 2014
On 13 February 2014 a practice oriented workshop was held in Soligorsk, Minsk Region on Records and Archives Management in State Institutions of Education.

The workshop was organized jointly by the education, sports and tourism division of the Soligorsk District Executive Committee and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD).

80 people attended the workshop: chiefs, secretaries and records managers at the institutions of secondary, preschool and special education, physical education and sports and other concerned persons. The lectures were delivered by BelNIIDAD’s director A. Rybakov, the chief of records management and the formation of National Archival Holdings at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry L. Tsymbal, the expert consultant at BelNIIDAD E. Davydova.

The workshop discussed a broad range of issues: rules for creation of records, requirements to records circulation, registration and audit trailing, procedures for records appraisal, the specifics of using records retention schedules in the institutions of education, approaches to archival preservation of records.

13 February 2014
The Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art (BGAMLI) took part in the International Conference of Artists-Teachers on the topic of the modern art education of children and young people. The conference was held in Minsk between 5 and 7 February 2014. Participants at the conference were representatives from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Czech Republic and Poland.

The report on the founder of Belarusian graphics A. Pasliadovich and her partner in life and work artist V. Sakhnenka was presented by Veranika Musvidas, head of the information, records use and publication at BGAMLI. The report was accompanied by the online exhibition of works, autographs, photographs and unique records from the personal fonds of the artists-teachers Aliaksandra Pasliadovich and Viktar Sakhnenka.

03 February 2014
On 31 January 2014 in Moscow the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus V. Adamushko and the chief of the Federal Archival Agency of Russia A. Artizov signed the Plan of Joint Actions of Belarusian and Russian Archival Services for 2014 – 2016.

The Plan of Joint Actions defines the key areas in the bilateral cooperation of Belarusian and Russian archivists, the most important projects in publication and exhibition activities, workshops and other joint events for the nearest three-year term.

03 February 2014
On 30 January 2014 an exhibition of records, Justice in the System of Belarusian Statehood was opened at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the law bodies in the Republic of Belarus.

The exposition includes copies of records from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.

The documentary sources on display relate to the history of the formation and development of the justice bodies in Belarus beginning from 1919.

In addition, the exposition presents documentary photographs highlighting the activities of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus in modern time.














27 January 2014
On 22 January 2014 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held an enlarged board meeting to review the activities of the archives and records management authorities and the state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus in 2013 and to set the objectives for 2014.

Attending the meeting were the Deputy Minister for Justice A. Bodak, heads and deputy heads of the main justice boards at the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee, heads of the archives and records divisions, directors of state archives, members of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry. In all, 60 persons attended the meeting.

The Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management V. Adamushko delivered a report. Directors at the state archives and the regional representatives took part in the debates. In 2013 the state archives were active in completing the Archives of Belarus State Programme for 2011-2015. 4,6 billion roubles were used from the republic’s budget. In the regions the activities were financed from the local funds to the sum of 10,4 billion roubles.

As on 1 January 2014 the state archives have in their custody 49 603 fonds; 12 508 271 paper items; 39 661 film records; 262 575 photographic records; 17 271 sound records; 3 422 video records; 13 electronic fonds, 565 electronic items; 703 museum items. 26 state archives have registered 337 313 especially valuable files, which makes up 2,7% of the total amount.

An important activity at the state archives is the provision of information services to customers and the execution of legal and social inquiries. During the past year the state archives handled nearly 30 000 inquiries from citizens, executed about 300 genealogical requests and over 20 000 subject requests. Over 16 000 people visited and consulted the archives in person. 93 official heraldic symbols were entered into the State Heraldry Register of the Republic of Belarus.

In 2013 the state archives organized 81 exhibitions, published 11 books of documents, 2 guides, 1 monograph, 1 book of recollections and 2 annual periodicals.

11 January 2014
On 23 December 2013 the National Technical Committee on Standardization TK BY 28 Records Management held a meeting in Minsk.

Attending the meeting were authorized representatives from the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus, the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus, the Operational and Analytical Centre under the President of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records, the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies, OJSC Belarusian Automobile Works, CJSC Belarusian Potash Company, a foreign company OSG Records Management, and the National Centre for Electronic Services.

The main issue on the agenda was a draft of the new edition of the State Standard of the Republic of Belarus STB 1221 “Electronic Records. Rules of Execution, Use and Preservation”, prepared by the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records (BelNITsED). The draft standard was presented by BelNITsED’s director V. Nosevich.

It was decided, following the received comments and proposals, to finalize the draft of the new edition of the State Standard the Republic of Belarus STB 1221 “Electronic Records. Rules of Execution, Use and Preservation” and to submit this to the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus (Gosstandart) for approval.

The meeting participants approved the Report of the Technical Committee for 2013 and the Plan on Standardization in Records Management for 2014.

09 January 2014
The website of the Minsk Regional Executive Committee Justice Administration presents a virtual exhibition dedicated to the Day of Financial and Bank Workers in Belarus.

The exhibition features legislative records governing the activity of financial and bank institutions in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR), orders for money exchange at the time of money reforms, samples of quittance, letter of credit, schedule of expenditures, notice of money availability at a bank account, rules for giving credits to artisans, a report by Gostrudsberkassa on gold purchase etc. The exposition features a propaganda poster from 1923 calling the peasants to buy premium bonds in gold lottery loan.

The exhibition has been prepared by staff members at the State Archives of Minsk Region.

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