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06 June 2016
On 31 May 2016 the Chief of the State Policy in Archive Business at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ms. Gulzira Karsakbaeva handed over to the Belarusian side in Minsk the copies of archival records available from the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan. These documents relate to the history of the Belarusian State Theatre of Drama (now the National Academic Drama Theatre named after Yakub Kolas) who during the Second World War worked in Kazakhstan and the life of the People’s Artist of the USSR Larisa Laksanrovskaya in evacuation in Almaty.

The documents have been selected in accordance with the previous agreements between the Director of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management V. Adamushko together with the Director of the Belarusian Archives of Literature and Art G. Zapartyko and the General Director of the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan L. Aktayeva.

06 June 2016
On 3 June 2016 the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of Belarus V. Adamushko and Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash held a meeting in Minsk with the delegation of the Head Office of State Archives of Poland headed by General Director Wojciech Wozniak.

The sides discussed the issues of cooperation between the two countries in the field of archives. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Belarus Konrad Pawlik took part in the meeting.

06 June 2016
On 3 June 2016 the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of Belarus V. Adamushko held a meeting in Minsk with Director of the National Archives of Armenia A. Virabyan.

The two sides discussed the issues of cooperation between the two countries in the field of archives.

01 June 2016
On 1 June 2016 in Minsk the acting director of the State Archives of the Russian Federation L.A. Rogovaya handed over to the Belarusian side digital copies of records created by the Extraordinary State Commission for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Belarus available from the Archive’s holdings.

Participants at the ceremony were Mr. V. Adamushko, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus and Mr. A. Artizov, Head of the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation.

01 June 2016
On 31 May 2016 Minsk hosted the 17th General Conference of the Eurasian regional branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA) and a regular session of the Consultative Council of the heads of the state archival services of the CIS member countries.

The EURASICA session discussed the issues of implementing the Plan of Action of the ICA Eurasian branch for 2013-2016, the Plan of Action for 2017-2020, the 18th International Congress of Archives in Seoul etc.

Participants at the EURASICA Conference were delegations from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia and Uzbekistan. Delegations from China, Latvia and Lithuania took part as observers.

The international scholarly conference “Archives in the world of information technologies” is held on 1 June 2016 as part of the 17th General Conference.

The Consultative Council of the heads of the state archival services of CIS countries discussed the issues of the development of archive business in CIS countries in 2015-1016, the inventory of the legal contract basis in the sphere of the Consultative Council, the activities of the All-Russian Research Institute of Documentation and Archival Science as a basic institution for professional training in archives and records management in CIS countries etc.

The Consultative Council brought together heads and members of the state archival services from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

Mr. V. Adamushko, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus has been elected Chairman of the Consultative Council.

The next sessions of the EURASICA and the Consultative Council of the heads of the state archival services of CIS countries will take place in Autumn 2017 in Armenia.








27 May 2016
From 24 to 26 May 2016 the Republic of Belarus hosted a visit by the state heraldists of Georgia. .As part of the visit, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a meeting between the Belarusian and Georgian heraldists. Participants at the meeting were Mr. V. Adamushko, Director of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management, Deputy Chairman of the Heraldry Council under the President of Belarus and the Council’s members M. Elinskaya and V. Lyakhor. The Georgian side was represented by Mr. Mamuka Gongadze, Deputy Chairman of the State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia and Mrs. Victoria Sardjveladze, Head of the Administration and Finance Office.

During the meeting the colleagues informed about the activities of the Heraldry Councils in both countries, the history of their creation, principles of work and the results achieved in the area of heraldry in Belarus and Georgia. They also discussed the features and principles of the official heraldic examination, the procedure of establishing symbols and their use, and the perspectives of future cooperation.



26 May 2016
On 24 May the State Archives of Grodno Region hosted a creative delegation from Cheboksary, Russia. The delegation was headed by Vladimir A. Vasilyev, a film producer, script writer, Doctor of Culturology, Ph.D. in History, Professor at the Ulyanov State University of Chuvashia. The purpose of the visit is to make a TV documentary film about the underground anti-fascist organization led by Nikolay Volkov, known as “uncle Kolya’s group”, who fought against the enemy in the city of Grodno during the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

The Archive’s staff presented documents from the personal collection of Alexander Pleshevenya: photographs, reminiscences, letters, articles about the activities of Nikolay Volkov’s antifascist group.

The presentation of the film is scheduled to take place in September in Grodno.

20 May 2016
A documentary exhibition was opened on 18 May 2016 at the History Faculty of the Belarusian State University (BSU) to commemorate the 75th anniversary since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. The exhibition was prepared by the State Archives of Minsk Region together with the BSU History Faculty.

The exhibition was opened by Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region Yu. Romashko, Dean of the BSU History Faculty S. Khodin, and Dean Assistant for Scholarly Work at the BSU History Faculty A. Kokhanovsky.

Yu. Matusevich, head of records use and publication at the State Archives of Minsk Region introduced the exhibition to the public.

The exhibition shows historical documents in two thematic sections.

The first section shows the unique documents captured from the enemy: an original copy of the diploma of appointment as a village head (starosta); a certificate of an employee at the Central Trade Society Vostok; a patent and map for craftsman’s business issued by the finance department of the Borisov District Board etc.

The second section tells about the activities of the prominent resistance fighters V. Saichik and Z. Galo. Also, the exposition includes the certificate of award issued to the resistance fighter, Hero of the Soviet Union N. Kedyshko. The reports by partisan scouts and intelligence agents illuminate the situation in Nazi-occupied Minsk and show where the German garrisons were located. The exhibition also contains the list of army formations named after Minsk and the resolution of the meeting for awarding Heroes of the Soviet Union N. Kolychev and A. Burdeiny the title of the Honorary Citizen of Minsk.


Documentary exhibition commemorating 75th anniversary since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945


Documentary exhibition commemorating 75th anniversary since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945

16 May 2016
On 12 May the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art opened an exhibition dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the birth of historian and writer Mikola ERMALOVICH (1921 – 2000).

The exhibition is prepared by the archive’s leading researcher Viktar Zhibul and shows fragments from Ermalovich’s manuscrips, many photographs and documents related to his work and life.

The archive’s director Ganna Zapartyka told of Ermalovich’s life and the history of creation of his personal fonds, which numbers 325 files (1,914 documents) basically for 1922-2000 years. A literary critic and historian, professor Adam Maldzis shared his recollections of M. Ermalovich and donated to the museum a part of his collection of photographs portraying the figures in literature and art, and a capsule with the soil from the burial ground of the 19th century writer Yan Barshcheuski. A scholar and journalist Anatol Astapenka, the author of the book about Mikola Ermalovich, told of his relationships with the famous historian and their joint participation in the social and political life of the country.

Photographs of the exhibition’s opening and some exhibits can be seen at the website of the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art

28 April 2016
On 27 April 2016 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held a board meeting to discuss the issues of the amount and composition of permanent and personnel records held by government institutions and other organizations as on 1 January 2016 and about the fire prevention system in the state archives in the Republic of Belarus.

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