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25 October 2016
On 24 October 2016 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management at the Belarusian Justice Ministry Vladimir Adamushko held a meeting with Director of the Lithuanian Central State Archives Dalius Zizys.

During the meeting they discussed the issues of implementation in 2017 of the joint exhibition project dedicated to the common social, political and cultural heritage of Belarus and Lithuania in the 20th century.

Attendees at the meeting were Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Kurash, the Department’s Head of the Records and Information Use Grigory Zholnerkevich, and the Chief Archivist of the Lithuanian Central State Archives Ludmila Funikova.


Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management Vladimir Adamushko meeting with the Director of the Lithuanian Central State Archives Dalius Zizys

24 October 2016
 Austrian historian Hubert Steiner presented with Honorary Diploma of the Department for Archives and Records Management On 21 October 2016 the Embassy of Belarus in Austria presented Honorary Diploma of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus to Hubert Steiner, Austrian historian and expert from the State Archives of Austria, who significantly contributed to the study of archival documents on the death camp at Maly Trostenets.

In handing the diploma, The Belarusian ambassador to Austria Valery Voronetsky thanked Hubert Steiner for his active participation in the research of the Nazi crimes conducted in the area of present Belarus. The Belarusian side highly appreciate the contribution by H. Steiner in the commemoration of the victims of the extermination camp Maly Trostenets, among whom were 10, 000 Austrian Jews deported from Vienna during the Second World War.

In January 2016 the Belarusian Embassy in Austria organized Hubert Steiner’s visit to Belarus. On 18 January in Minsk H. Steiner handed to the Belarusian side the copies of WWII deportation orders of Austrian Jews killed by the Nazis at Trostenets. During the visit H. Steiner held talks with the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, the National Archives and the authors of a collection of published documents and materials “Trostenets Death Camp”. The Austrian historian visited the Khatyn Memorial and was given a tour around the site of the future memorial complex at the place of the extermination camp Trostenets. He also spoke at a meeting with the representatives of the archival community in Belarus.

18 October 2016
On 19-20 October 2016 Minsk hosts a final stage of the republic-level competition “The Best Archivist in Belarus”. The competition is organized by the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry together with the Society of Belarusian Archivists. Participants at the contest are 16 staff members from the state archives in Belarus.

During the first stage the contestants submitted works on the topic “The cultural life through the prism of time”.

18 October 2016
An international scholarly conference “Audiovisual Records: 90 Years of Service to the Motherland” was held in Moscow on 12-14 October 2016 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Russian State Film and Photo Archives.

The conference is dedicated to the memory of V. M. Magidov, Doctor of History, Professor, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings the participants at the conference were the deputy director E. M. Grinevich and the chief keeper A. K. Kot.

A. K. Kot delivered a report “The audiovisual records as art works”, and E. M. Grinevich a report “The main forms of the use of audiovisual records at the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings”.

06 October 2016
To celebrate the Archivist Day, the State Archives of Minsk Region has prepared an exhibition of documents describing the Archive’s activity from 1919 to the present. The exhibition shows the letter concerning the establishment of the archives in Minsk in 1919 directed by the head of the Minsk Council Archive to the Commissariat of People’s Education of the Russian SFSR; a questionnaire form for Tishka Gartny (D.F. Zhilunovich) who studied in the reading room of the Minsk Historical Archive; an 1936 instruction for the protection of archival repositories at the Minsk branch of the Central State Archives of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic etc.

06 October 2016
On 4 October 2016 the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art hosted the Fourteenth Archival Readings dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the birth of the famous poet Maksim Bahdanovich (1891–1917), statesman and scholar Arkadz Smolich (1891–1938), and physician, public figure and journalist Ivan Tsvikevich (1891–1938).

05 October 2016
On 5 October 2016 the National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus held a press conference on the topic of the Development of Archive Business in the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the Archivist Day.

Attendees at the press conference were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Adamushko, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V. Kurash, and Deputy Director of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings E. Grinevich.

The participants reported on the main issues related to the activities of the state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus, the preservation and use of archival documents, methodical and procedural aspects in the work of the state archives.

03 October 2016
On 30 September 2016 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the practices of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in the publishing field; preparation by the state archival institutions for 2016/2017 autumn-winter season; and work of the Department and the state archives in executing administrative procedures in the first half of 2016.

The board noted that the National Historical Archives of Belarus participates in various publishing projects since 1959. For this period the Archives has issued into print or participated in the preparation of 38 books. From 2001 the Archives published 13 issues of the “Arkhivarius” (Archivist) Compendium of Scholarly Reports and Articles.

On the second issue it was noted that preventive maintenance and repair have been completed to prepare the state archival institutions for 2016/2017 autumn-winter season. All the branch-owned objects – 33 buildings of the state archival institutions – have received passports certifying preparation for heat energy consumption in autumn-winter season.

Discussing the third issue it was noted that in the first half of 2016 the Department put down 416 Apostille stamps on the documents issued by the state archives in the Republic of Belarus. The state archives handled 5,354 applications for social and legal inquiries. 5,115 applications came from Belarusian citizens, 239 from foreign nationals.

29 September 2016
An international scientific conference “25 years of the Commonwealth of Independent States: results and perspectives” was opened on 28 September 2016 at the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences.

The conference addressed the issues of economic interaction, scientific and innovation cooperation, expansion of contacts in the field of culture, sports, youth politics and other issues related to the development of the CIS countries.

Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, Vladimir Adamushko, took part at the conference and delivered a report on “The state archival institutions in the Republic of Belarus in the post-Soviet space. The main areas of cooperation as part of the Commonwealth of Independent States”.

29 September 2016
A scholarly round table “The Republic of Belarus on the way of socio-economic reforms and strengthening of independence: the challenges and achievements of 25 years” was held on 27 September 2016 at the Historical Faculty of the Belarusian State University.

The scholarly agenda included the issues of social political and economic reforms, transformations in foreign policy, confessional and educational spheres in the Republic of Belarus.

Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry, Vladimir Adamushko, took part at the round table and delivered a report.

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