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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.

05 November 2015
On 3 November 2015 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko participated at the invitation of the Chinese Embassy to Belarus in the presentation of documentary film China’s Secret War and the exhibition of Belarusian artist Sergey Katkov.

At the presentation from the Belarusian side spoke Director of the Department V. Adamushko, from the Chinese side –Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China in Belarus Cui Quiming.

Archival footages and photographs used in the documentary China’s Secret War include the materials from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings.

04 November 2015
The Religious Life in Minsk Region 1918-1941: Documents and MaterialsIn November 2015 the State Archives of Minsk Region issued a book of documents The Religious Life in Minsk Region 1918-1941: Documents and Materials / Compiled by V.M. Matokh, et al.; Edited by V.I. Adamushko, et al. – Minsk: A.N. Varaksin, 2015. – 216 pages.

The book contains 104 documents, including 99 from the State Archives of Minsk Region. Some materials are taken from previously published sources – one document from the book, The Edicts of the Soviet Power. Vol. 1. 25 October 1917 – 16 March 1918 (1957) and four documents from the Collection of Statutes and Directives of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Government of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (1922, 1924).

The documents highlight the religious situation in the Belarusian SSR in 1918-1941, the activities of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches in Belarus. A number of documents describe the events from the history of Judaism and Islam. There are documents concerning the activity of Protestantism: Lutherans, Seventh-Day Adventists, Evangelicals. Also contains materials relating to the Old Believers, Renovationists, Leo Tolstoy𕢙s Followers, the League of Militant Atheists. Most of the documents have been published for the first time.

The book is illustrated with photocopies of documents and photographs. Contains detailed finding aids, including in the English language.

02 November 2015
On 29 October 2015 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus held a round table on the Problems and Perspectives of Archival Work in Belarus.

Participants at the round table were employees of the state archival institutions who on 26-30 October attended the professional development courses for the managerial staff and the reserve of the managerial staff organized by the Academy of Administration under the President of the Republic of Belarus. Archivists from various regions in Belarus met with Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko, Deputy Director of this Department O. Ledovskaya, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash etc.

02 November 2015
On 28 October 2015 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko took part at the briefing on the placement of graduate students. The briefing was conducted by the Council for Education Quality at the History Faculty of the Belarusian State University.

In his speech V. Adamushko noted that the archival branch in Belarus takes great interest in the graduates of the History Faculty of the Belarusian State University. It was also noted that the history graduates are demanded in various fields of business.


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