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27 August 2014
On 26-28 August the delegation of Lithuanian archivists visits the Republic of Belarus. The delegation includes Mr Ramojus Kraujelis, Chief Archivist of Lithuania, Mr Dalius Žižys, Director of the Lithuanian Central State Archives and Mrs Virginija Čijunskienė, Director of the Lithuanian State Historical Archives.

Lithuanian archivists visit Belarus On 26 August the Lithuanian delegation had a meeting with the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Mr V. Adamushko.

The leaders of the archive services of Belarus and Lithuania informed each other on the general state of archive business in two countries, discussed issues of cooperation between the state archival institutions in Belarus and Lithuania.

Participants at the meeting were the Deputy Director of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management O. Ledovskaya and the Chief of the Department’s Information and Records Use Division G. Zholnerkevich.

During the visit the Lithuanian archivists will acquaint with the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the National Historical Archives of Belarus and the Local State Archives in Molodechno.
13 August 2014
On 7 August 2014 a regional information and training workshop on Modern Requirements to Records Management and Archives was held by the Centre of Scientific-Technical and Business Information at Gomel, Belarus.

The main objective of the workshop is to provide practical teaching and to prevent violations in the sphere of archive business and records management in accordance with the current legislation.

The participants were informed of the recent methodical documents and procedural guidance developed by the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) for personnel officers, clerks, secretaries, assistant heads, records managers and archive specialists in institutions.

In the first part of the workshop the listeners acquainted with the procedure of making draft orders and directives on personnel and the main activity, file classification plans in institutions and their subdivisions. In detail, using the specific examples, they studied the issue of preparing blank forms for letters of general and specif types for government and non-government institutions.

Of especial interest was the second part of the workshop on the topic of “The book of comments and proposals. Recordkeeping and procedures for handling inquiries from citizens and legal entities. The specifics of handling inquiries sent by electronic mail. Execution and registration of answers. Storage time for inquiries and answers”.

The director of the State Archive of Public Organisations of Gomel Region, Natalia Abramova, prepared multimedia presentations on the above topics.

29 July 2014
On 24 July 2014 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issues: on handling inquiries from citizens and legal entities at the state archival institutions in Belarus in the first half of 2014; on the forms of the Passport of the State Archival Institution of the Republic of Belarus; on results of work at the Department for Archives and Records Management in the first half of 2014.

On the first issue the board noted that work of archival authorities and institutions in Belarus with inquiries from citizens and legal entities in the first half of 2014 was organised and conducted in accordance with the Belarus Law of 18 July 2011 “On Petitions from Citizens and Legal Persons”, Presidential Decree of 15 October 2007 ¹ 498 “On Additional Measures for Processing Petitions from Citizens and Legal Persons”, Presidential Directive of 27 December 2006 ¹ 2 “On Measures for Further Debureaucratization of the State Apparatus”.

The activity of archival authorities and institutions in the reported period was focused on a timely and qualitative execution of inquiries from citizens and legal entities. The issue of archival reference and other information documents to the applicants was conducted on basis of written applications without additional submission of other documents.

The Department and the regional authorities on archives and records management exercised permanent control over the observance of legislation in handling inquiries from citizens and legal entities.

Much attention was paid to the observance of time for handling inquiries, organisation of personal visits to archives, information contents of internet-resources and information stands. Additionally the state archives informed the public of the composition and contents of archival records by means of mass media.

An important place in work with petitions and inquiries was organisation of personal visits to the archives. In the reported period 8 283 citizens paid personal visits to the archival agencies and institutions.

On the third issue it was noted that the Department for Archives and RM conducted activities in the first half of 2014 in accordance with the Plan of Actions for 2014, the instructions of the Presidential Administration, the Government and the Ministry of Justice. The tasks scheduled for the first half of 2014 have been fulfilled. Additionally, a big amount of extra-budget work has been completed.

Work continued on the organisational and financial provision of the State Programme “Archives of Belarus” for 2011-2015. As part of the State Investment Programme a new building was put into operation for the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno in April 2014.

On 3-4 June 2014 a professional meeting was held between archivists from Belarus and Russia at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The participants discussed issues of records preservation on various media.

As part of activities according to the Plan of Joint Actions between the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management and the Federal Archival Agency of Russia for 2014-2016, a joint board meeting was held to discuss issues of professional training and further education for Russian and Belarusian archivists.

25 July 2014
On 21 July 2014 the State Archives of Minsk Region opened its own website at www.gamn.by

11 July 2014
The State Archives of Minsk Region published a volume of papers from the conference History and Archives: Documentary Heritage of Belarus 20th and 21st centuries that took place on 14 November 2013.

The book includes reports and articles by the conference participants on the topical issues of the history, methodology and practices of archive science in Belarus, and various aspects of the history of the 20th and 21st centuries in the system of archival documents.

The book is intended for historians, archivists, faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students and everyone interested in history.

08 July 2014
The National Archives of the Republic of Belarus presents new collections of published documents in the book series “Archives. History. Memory”: “Partisans in Operation Bagration” and “Khatyn Necropolis”.


 Book cover Partisans in the Bagration Operation The book “Partisans in Operation Bagration” was produced to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders. This includes 200 documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus that testify how Belarusian Partisans prepared and executed the third phase of the “Rail War”, which began on the night of 20 June 1944, and narrate about the combat interconnection between the Partisans and the Red Army troops in the course of Operation Bagration. The book publishes orders, directives, instructions, coded telegrams, radiograms, plans, reports, memoranda, information, certificates, despatches, applications. Also included are chronicles of the Partisan brigades. 195 documents have been used in scholarly research for the first time.
 Book cover The Khatyn Necropolis The book “Khatyn Necropolis” was published to mark 45 years since the opening of the Khatyn Memorial Complex. This is dedicated to the construction of the Khatyn memorial cemetry of destroyed villages in Belarus and tells about the tragedy that happened in each of the immortalized villages.

The book contains certificates, acts, reports, transcripts of interrogation, recollections by witnesses and surviving residents from burned villages and other documents identified at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Central Archives of Belarus KGB (Committee for State Security) and the State Archives of the Russian Federation. In all, the book includes 181 documents. A number of materials have been taken from the series of documented chronicles of Belarusian towns and districts “Memory”. Also included are photos from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, the personal archives of local specialist A.F. Bublo etc.

The book was prepared as part of the Project “Raising the Status of Surviving Residents from Burned Villages in Belarus” and was published with the assistance of the Russian Historical Memory Foundation for Assistance to Topical Historical Research.

30 June 2014
An exhibition of documents The Region of Courage and Glory is opened at the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin as part of the jubilee events to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupants.

The exposition was prepared by the Belarusian Embassy in Germany together with the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus on the base of documentary materials from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History.

26 June 2014
On 24 June 2014 an exhibition of documents entitled “The Region of Courage and Glory” was held at the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupation.

The exhibition 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 state archives.

The deputies of the House of Representatives acquainted with the documentary exhibition.

During the event the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, V.I. Adamushko, answered to questions from the deputies and gave comments on the exhibition contents.

20 June 2014
On 19 June 2014 the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus held an international scholarly conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupation.

Attendees at the conference were Deputy Prime-Minister of the Republic of Belarus A. Tozik, Minister of Defence Yu. Zhadobin, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences V. Gusakov, Chairman of Permanent Commission for Education, Culture and Science G. Palchik, members of scholarly community.

At the plenary meeting the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko read a report “Records of the state archives of the Republic of Belarus on the history of the Great Patriotic War in the publication and exhibition activities of archival institutions”.

Before the conference the participants acquainted with the exhibition of documents “The Region of Courage and Glory” prepared by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, with the participation of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History.

17 June 2014
On 12 June 2014 the Museum of the History of Belarusian Cinema together with the Fellowship of Business and Professional Women held a retrospective show of the films from the holdings of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders.

The programme “On the Roads of War” included films “The Liberation of Soviet Belarus” (1944) and “Atrocities committed by Nazis in the Belarusian SSR in the Great Patriotic War” (1945).

A musical collective from the Frunze-district Social Centre in Minsk gave a concert of wartime songs.


Retrospective show of WWII films

Retrospective show of WWII films


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