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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.


29 October 2015
Report by BelNIIDAD Director A. Rybakov at the 25th Conference of International Archival DayOn 19-20 October 2015 the 25th Conference of International Archival Day took place in Trieste, Italy, organized by the International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribor (IIAS).

The event attracted nearly a hundred participants from Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Canada, Macedonia, Oman, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Czechia, Switzerland and Estonia.

In view of the 30th anniversary of IIAS and 25th anniversary of ATLANTI official magazine, Zdenka Semlic Rajh (Slovenia) offered a short report on the history of IIAS and its main achievements.

The working programme of the conference was traditionally opened by Charles Kecskemeti, former Secretary General of ICA, honoured member of IIAS Assembly. He delivered a review of the papers presented at the 2014 conference of IISA and published in Atlanti 2014.

The conference addressed the two topics: “Management, Appraisal and Long Term Preservation of E-records: Archival Response to the Challenge of Long Term Preservation” and “Archival Buildings in Terms of Responding to the Emergencies”.

The first topic included 21 reports. Andrey Rybakov, Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) delivered a report “Management, Appraisal and Preservation of Electronic Records: the Belarusian Experience”.

26 October 2015
An international scholarly conference, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union in Archival Documents. Current Issues in Identification, Access and Use of Records took place on 18-20 October 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. The conference organizer was the Yad Vashem National Memorial of the Holocaust and Heroism with the support of the Genesis Charitable Foundation.

Participants at the conference were representatives from eight countries (Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Israel, USA, Russia and Ukraine).

The Archival Service of the Republic of Belarus was represented at the conference by First Deputy of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry O. Biryukova, Department’s Division Chief of Information and Records Use G. Zholnerkevich, Deputy Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus E. Kushnova, Chief Archivist of the National Archives of the Republic of BelarusV. Selemenev and Director of the State Archives of Gomel Region P. Chyorny.

The conference discussed issues concerning access to records on the history of the Holocaust, digitization of archival fonds containing documents on the topic, the use of modern technologies in work with archival records, research projects on the history of the Holocaust on the internet, etc.

The conference participants delivered reports on the Jewish refugees and evacuated persons, prewar and postwar documents as a source of Holocaust studies, and other issues relating to the catastrophe of the Jewish people in the 1930s-1940s.

The conference included an excursion to the Yad Vashem Historical Museum.


Participants at the international conference, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union in Archival Documents. Current Issues in Records Identification, Access and Use


Participants at the international conference, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union in Archival Documents. Current Issues in Records Identification, Access and Use


Participants at the international conference, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union in Archival Documents. Current Issues in Records Identification, Access and Use


Participants at the international conference, The Holocaust in the Soviet Union in Archival Documents. Current Issues in Records Identification, Access and Use

21 October 2015
Records Retention ScheduleThe Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) has released Records Retention Schedule for Records of National Archival Holdings of Belarus produced by government agencies, institutions and private businessmen related to design, construction, reconstruction (modernization), restoration and repair of real property.

The Schedule describes the types of scientific and technical documents created by institutions who are sources and not sources of records acquisition at the state archives and shows their retention periods.

The book is designed for archivists, document managers and persons in charge of records management, archives and records appraisal.


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