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29 March 2011
23 March 2011, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issues of the scholarly processing of documents at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, about the Thematical Plan of Research and Development by the Department for Archives and Records Management in 2011 and the implementation of research and development in 2010, and the realization of the Archives of Belarus Programme (2006-2010).

In respect of the first issue, the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus was recommended to increase the efficiency and quality of the scholarly processing and description of documents, to strengthen control over its implementation and to raise the responsibility of the staff members engaged therein.

The Department Board approved the Thematical Plan of Research and Development for 2011 and the Report on Research and Development in 2010.

The Department Board accepted the Archives of Belarus Branch Programme (2006-2010) as being substantially completed.

21 March 2011
18 March 2011, the History Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus held a round table discussion on the Peace Treaty of Riga of 1921 in the Historical Fate of Belarus.

The organizers are the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of Belarus, the Department of Humanities and Arts and the History Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The director of the Department for Archives and Records Management, V. Adamushko, made a report and took part in the discussions.


18 March 2011
An online exhibition of documents The Chernobyl Nuclear Catastrophe 25 Years Later is posted on the website of the Justice Administration of the Gomel Region Executive Committee.

The documents, which were not previously on display nor published, make known the history of the liquidation of the consequences of Chernobyl NPP catastrophe.

The catastrophe at the nuclear plant became a disaster that affected the fates of millions of people. Especially tragic the disaster consequences were in the Gomel region, which made up over 40% of the contaminated area in the former USSR and over 60% of the contaminated area in Belarus. The radiation affected 20 out of 21 agricultural districts in the Gomel region with the population over 1,400,000 people.

In 1986, the Gomel Region Executive Committee took over fifty decisions, resolutions and instructions on the elimination of the disaster at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The measures and activities for the liquidation of the catastrophe aftermath were carried out according to the decisions taken at the close sessions of the Gomel Region Executive Committee with a signature for confidentiality until 2006. Twenty years later the documents were declassified and transferred to the State Archives of Gomel Region for preservation.

Some of these unique documents were for the first time published in two books to mark the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe. The first book, entitled Chernobyl. 26 April 1986 - December 1991. - Documents and Materialswas prepared by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus together with the Russian State Archives of Contemporary History. The second book, The Chernobyl Catastrophe in Documents and Materials, 1986-2006 was prepared by the archivists from the Gomel region. The latter one includes, in addition to the declassified documents, a selection of articles that were published at that complicated time in the newspapers Gomelskaya Prauda, Chacherski Vesnik and Golas Vetkaushchyny.

The photographs and documents on display are available from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings in Dzerzhinsk, the State Archives of Gomel Region, the State Archives of Public Organizations in Gomel Region and the local state archives in Mozyr, Zhlobin and Rechitsa.


02 March 2011
25 February 2011, the History Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus held a round table "Tragedy. Heroism. Memory" dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.

The organizers were the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, the Department of Humanities and Arts at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus.

Participants included employees from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Foundation for Assistance to Historical Studies "Historical Memory", journals "Belaruski gistarychny chasopis", "Polymia" and "Gistoryia: prablemy vykladannia".

Reports were delivered by the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus A. Adamushko, academician-secretary of the Department of Humanities and Arts at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus A. Kovalenya, director of the Historical Memory Foundation A. Dyukov, member of the scholarly council at the National Library of France Vincent Boulet, professor at the Paris 8 University G Shepelev, and more.

The event included the presentation of books and the Journal of Russian and East European Studies published by the Historical Memory Foundation.
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