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26 August 2010
17 August 2010, the State Archives of Public Organizations of Mogilev Region together with the Mogilev Regional Committee of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union held a Workshop on Documentation and Archives Administration in Public Organizations.

The participants were executive officers, chief specialists and accountants in public organizations, members of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union, the Mogilev Council of the Belarusian Public Association of War Veterans, and the National Olympic Committee in the Mogilev Region.

The report "Basics of the Documentation of Government Activities" by the Archive’s Director E.V. Pekarskaya outlined the requirements to records attributes and blank forms according to The leading archivist L.E. Plindova the STB 6.38-2004 Standard "Unified Documentation Systems in the Republic of Belarus. The System of Organizational-Administrative Records. Requirements to Records".

The report "Execution of Certain Types of Records" detailed the process of creation of the records most often used in the administration of public organizations – general orders, minutes, personnel orders.

The leading archivist L.E. Plindova outlined the issues of file organization and the creation of file lists for permanent and personnel records.

The workshop discussions were accompanied by multimedia presentations provided to the participants on an electronic disc.



14 July 2010
Signing of the agreement The Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings (BGAKFFD) and the State Film Fund of Azerbaijan signed a cooperation agreement. The signing was held in the BGAKFFD building (Dzerzhinsk, Minsk district) on 9 July 2010.



Photo: The director of the State Film Fund of Azerbaijan, Jamil E. Guliev, and the director of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings, Victor V. Balandin, sign the agreement.
01 July 2010
The Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus held its regular Board Meeting on 30 June 2010. The issues discussed included:

- The technical maintenance of the Archives of Belarus website;

- Postgraduate studies at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD);

- Draft Law on introducing amendments and alterations to the Law of the Republic of Belarus "On the National Archival Holdings and Archives in the Republic of Belarus".


01 July 2010
On 25 June 2010, the archivists from the Gomel, Bryansk and Chernigov regions met near the Friendship Monument at the border of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Held as part of the international festival "Friendship-2010", this year’s meeting was organised by the Ukrainian side headed by the director of the State Archives of Chernigov Region, R. B. Vorobei. The Belarusian delegation was headed by the director of the State Archives of Gomel Region, P. M. Cherny.

The events included a round table "We Won Together" dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory. The participants discussed the archive publications on the subject, presented documentary exhibitions, thematic lists of records relating to the war, etc.

The director of the State Archives of Gomel Region presented to his colleagues two documentary editions published on the occasion of the jubilee date "The Gomel Region in the First Months of the Great Patriotic War" and "The Gomel Region and Partisans. The Beginning, June 1941 - May 1942".

The round table also exhibited several virtual exhibitions of documents on the topic of the Second World War and the German Occupation in Belarus, which were prepared by the Gomel Region Executive Committee, the State Archives of Gomel Region, and the Local State Archives in Mozyr.

The next annual meeting of archivists at the international festival "Friendship-2011" will be organised by the Russian side.


30 June 2010
On 22 June 2010, the State Archives of Brest Region received the participants of the 10th International Conference "Lessons from the Holocaust", which was organised by the Holocaust Research and Educational Center (Moscow) and took place on 21-23 June 2010 in Brest.

The participants included high school students and teachers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Rumania taking up the subject of the Jewish genocide during the Second World War. Among the quests was the witness of those tragic events, Roman Levin, who at the age of 12 stayed at the Brest ghetto and miraculously escaped an inevitable death.

The co-chairman of the Holocaust Center, I.A. Altman, reported of the Center’s long-term cooperation with the State Archives of Brest Region and told how the archive’s records were used for the documentary film "Brest Ghetto", released by the Moscow cinematographers in 1994.

The Archive’s director, A.G. Karapuzova, informed the participants about the contents of the archives from the Occupation period relating to the tragic fate of the Jewish population of Brest, and demonstared the most interesting documents on the topic.

The annual meetings at the Archives have already become a tradition and take place every 22 June (the day of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War) during the past ten years.



04 June 2010
A two-volume book "The Prague Spring and the International Crisis 1968" was presented to the public at the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History (RGANI) on 2 June 2010. The book was prepared as part of the international research project. The first volume is an edition of documents, including records from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus; the second includes articles on the subject.

The speakers at the presentation were RGANI’s director N.G. Tomilina, chief of the Federal Archival Agency of Russia A.N. Artizov, director at the Austrian Boltzmann Institute for Research on War Consequences S. Karner, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Austria to Russia Ì. Klestil-Loffler, director at the History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences A.O. Chubaryan, and rector at the Russian State University of the Humanities E.I. Pivovar.

Among the participants at the presentation was the director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V.D. Selemenev.
04 June 2010
The Russian archivists and the Society of Church History Amateurs released a documentary edition "Russian Orthodox Church in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945". In the preparation of the edition participated the Belarusian and Ukrainian archivists.

The book includes documents from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the state archives of the Vitebsk and Mogilev regions.

03 June 2010
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) released the methodical recommendations "Work with Especially Valuable Records in State Archives of the Republic of Belarus".

This procedural guidance dwells on principles and methods of work with especially valuable documents on different media (except for electronic records) selected for the preservation by the State.

03 June 2010
The State Archives of Public Organizations of Gomel Region presents a documentary exhibition on 65 Years of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The exhibition features photographs and documents from the Great Patriotic War: about the creation of underground party centres in the Gomel region, a letter to Joseph Stalin on the occassion of the liberation of Gomel from the Nazi occupiers, data on the number of people forcibly deported by the Nazis during the occupation of the Gomel region, about the liberation of the Soviet people from the concentration camp at Ozarichi and more.

Also on display are documents from the collection of personal papers of V.D. Vetoshkin and G.K. Denisenko, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, Heroes of the Soviet Union.
31 May 2010
The Eleventh General Conference of the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA) and the session of the Consultative Council of the heads of the CIS archival services took place in Odessa, Ukraine, on 21-23 May 2010.

In the events participated delegations from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine and Latvia took part as an observer.

The Belarusian side was represented by the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus V.I. Adamushko, director of the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings V.V. Balandin, the chief of archives and RM division at the Gomel Regional Executive Committee P.M. Lapitsky, director at the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records V.L. Nosevich, director at the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies A.E. Rybakov, and director at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus V.D. Selemenev.

At the session of the Consultative Council of the heads of the CIS archival services the representatives of all member countries made reports on the development of archive business in the past year. They made a decision to prepare the Regulations of the Consultative Council in accordance with the recently adopted Regulation on the governing bodies of the CIS.

The EURASICA Eleventh General Conference discussed the implementation of work of the regional branch in 2008-1012 and perspectives for 2011-2012. The Russian side informed the participants of a successful holding in Moscow of training workshops organised by the Russian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (VNIIDAD). The VNIIDAD’ director M.V. Larin noted that the Belarusian archivists were among the most active participants at the workshops. The Conference also discussed the state of work on the database "Archival Legislation in the Countries of the Euro-Asian Region" and prospects of its location in the Web. The head of the Uzbek delegation, A.H. Abdullayev, made a proposal to organise a web forum on the issues of international archival cooperation and expressed readiness to prepare the required technical proposals.

The EURASICA next, Twelfth General Conference is expected to take part in 2011 in Belarus. This will include an international conference on the issues of cooperation between the state archival services and the non-government archives.

The EURASICA Eleventh Conference included two international scholarly conferences: "Common Archival Heritage and National Archival Holdings" and "Electronic Recordkeeping and Electronic Archives". The latter was headed by V.I. Adamushko, director at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus. The main report was delivered by V.L. Nosevich, director at the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records.


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