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31 October 2018
On 30 October 2018 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the issue “On the work of reading rooms in the state archives”.

The meeting reviewed the activity of reading rooms in the state archives for the period of 2015 to the first half of 2018. A special attention was paid to the improvement of technical equipment in reading rooms and the use of access records in them.

Following the discussion the decision was adopted to make changes (amendments) to the Instruction on the Procedure of Use of Archival Records in Reading Rooms in State Archives, approved by Resolution of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus of 24 May 2012 No. 133.

30 October 2018
The First International Forum of Young Historians and Archivists took place in Moscow from 9 to 13 September 2018. The organizer of the Forum is the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists with the support of the Russian Historical Society, the History of Motherland Foundation, and the Russian State University for the Humanities. The Forum aims at consolidating young archivists in Russia and close foreign countries to create a single information field for exchange of information and further communication between young archivists in the member countries.

The young staff members of the State Archives of Minsk Region, archivists Olga Lisyuk and Natalia Kanashevskaya, attended the meeting.

The ceremonial opening of the Forum was held at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on 10 September, with a welcome speech delivered by Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities Alexander Bezborodov, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Russian Society of Historians and Archivists Grigory Lanskoy and Dean of the Archives Faculty at the History and Archives Institute Elena Malysheva. The guests had an excursion of the Russian State University for the Humanities and the History and Archives Institute.

During the Forum the participants visited the State Archives of the Russian Federation, where they had a tour of the archives and the educational section from the experts. The original copy of Tsar Nicholas II’s Manifesto of Abdication from the Throne and his personal diary aroused an especially great interest among the participants.

On the third day of the Forum the participants went to the town of Krasnogorsk in Moscow Region to visit the Russian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings. In the cinema room of the Archives they watched a selection of unique video footage devoted to the life of the Tsar’s family in 1896-1916, the session of the First State Duma in 1906 and other important events of the past. The young archivists also visited the archival repositories of film records, photographs, video and sound recordings and got acquainted with the work of different divisions and the principles of digitization and processing of video documents on the tape.

The ceremonial closing of the First International Forum of Young Historians and Archivists took place on 13 September at the Main Archival Administration of the City of Moscow. The participants had a tour of the Central State Archives of Moscow City and later at the conference hall presented their reports and presentations on the development of archive business in their countries. Members of the State Archives of Minsk Region read their reports “The history of archive business in the Republic of Belarus” (Olga Lisyuk) and “The State Archives of Minsk Region in 1938-2018” (Natalia Kanashevskaya).

The participants of the Forum in front of the building of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation

26 October 2018
Director of the State Archives of Minsk Region Yu. Romashko took part in the International scholarly conference “ARCHIVES AND ESTATES”. More details are on the website of the State Archives of Minsk Region: http://gamn.by/novosti/item/costoyalas-mezhdunarodnaya-nauchnaya-konferenciya-%C2%ABarhivy-i-usadby%C2%BB (in the Russian language)

22 October 2018
On 17-18 October Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Viktor Kurash had a working visit to Brest Region.

During his trip V. Kurash visited the State Archives of Brest Region and the Local State Archives in Kobrin, where he got acquainted with the material and technical basis of the archives. At the State Archives of Brest Region, Director V. Kurash took part at the opening of the second stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”.

The visit also included a meeting with S. Kalinovsky, Chief of the Justice Administration at the Brest Regional Executive Committee, in which they discussed issues related to the development of archive business in the region.

22 October 2018
The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus” was held on 17-18 October at the State Archives of Brest Region. 17 archivists participated at the contest.

The organizers of the contest are the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus and the public association “The Belarusian Society of Archivists” with the support of the Belarusian Trade Union of Workers of Government Institutions and Other Organizations.

The objectives of the contest are to bring out and support the best archivists with high professional level, to create a positive image of the archive business, to increase the social status of the archive profession and to encourage archivists to research more the history of Belarus on the basis of archival documents.

The contest included two stages. At the first stage the contesters presented their works on the topic “The small homeland in the documents of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus”. The second stage was conducted in the form of theoretical and practical tasks on the legal aspects of the activities at the state archival institutions.

The winners of the contest have been presented with diplomas and prizes – Svetlana Kuzina (division head at the Local State Archives in Kobrin); Tatiana Ageyenko (leading research fellow at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus); Natalia Fedotova-Shner (leading archivist at the State Archives of Vitebsk Region) and Yulia Gryadovka (leading archivist at the Local State Archives in Orsha).

 The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”


 The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”


 The final stage of the republic-level professional contest “The Best Archivist of Belarus”


17 October 2018
A source guide “Monuments of Law in Belarus in the 14th-16th Centuries: Regional Charters of Privilege” has been released.

The book contains information on Belarusian monuments of law of the 14th-16th centuries - regional charters of privilege. Includes data on the location of original records and their copies, publications, translations and historical literature. The book is illustrated with photocopies of records.

The edition is intended for archivists, documentary publishers, legal scholars, historians and students.

16 October 2018
The Local State Archives in Kobrin (Brest Region) holds an exhibition of archival documents and photographs to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Archives. The exhibition has been prepared on the basis of records available from the Archives.







12 October 2018
On 11 October 2018 Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry Viktor Kurash and Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus Dmitry Yatsevich held a meeting with Piotr Dymmel, Director of the State Archives in Lublin, the Republic of Poland.
The meeting discussed issues and perspectives of cooperation between the National Historical Archives of Belarus and the State Archives in Lublin.
The two archives signed an agreement for copying of documents.

The participants at the meeting included Grigory Zholnerkevich, Head of Organizational Work, Information and Use of Records at the Department and Vladimir Denisov, Chief Archivist and Head of Exhibition Activities at the National Historical Archives of Belarus.




09 October 2018
The Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation and the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a joint board meeting on 3 October 2018 in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.

The meeting was chaired by Head of the Federal Archival Agency of the Russian Federation Mr. A. Artizov and Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus Mr. V. Kurash.

The participants discussed the issue of “Modern problems in the creation of security copies of unique and especially valuable documents of the Archival Holdings of the Russian Federation and the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus”.

The issue was reported by Chief of Records Preservation and State Inventory A. Kochetkova (Belarus) and Chief of Records Preservation and Inventory G. Khabibulina (Russia).

The meeting decision notes that the priority direction in further improvement of archival work in this area should be based on the use of modern electronic and micrographic technologies combining optical microfilming with the scanning of security copies.

In the second half of 2019 there is a plan to conduct a joint workshop on the creation of the fonds of security copies of unique and especially valuable documents and the fonds of use copies at the facilities of the Laboratory of Records Microfilming and Restoration at the Russian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation in Moscow.

The meeting also heard the report on the results of the Plan of Joint Actions of the Federal Archival Agency and the Department for Archives and Records Management in 2017-2019.






09 October 2018
The professional meeting of the heads of archival services and institutions of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus took place on 3 October 2018 in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.

The topic of the meeting is “Digitization of archival records and long-term preservation of electronic records at the archives”.

The Governor of Novgorod Region A. Nikitin attended the event. The delegation of Russian archivists was headed by Director of the Federal Archival Agency A. Artizov. The Belarusian delegation was headed by Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V. Kurash. The delegations included members of the Federal Archival Agency and the Department for Archives and Records Management, directors of the state archival institutions in Russia and Belarus.

The speakers at the meeting included Deputy Director of the Russian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Documentation P. Kyung, Director of the Belarusian Research Centre of Electronic Records V. Nosevich, Director of the State Archives of the Russian Federation L. Rogovaya, Director of the Technical Laboratory for Security Microfilming of Permanent Records E. Zvegintseva, Deputy Director of the Russian State Historical Archives N. Kolesnikova, Director of the State Archives of Vitebsk Region T. Svistunova.

The participants discussed general issues related to digitization of archival records of various types, acceptance and long-term preservation of electronic records, and perspectives of work in this area.

The next meeting of archivists of the two countries will take place in 2019 in Belarus.

The professional meeting of the heads of archival services and institutions of Russia


The professional meeting of the heads of archival services and institutions of Russia


The professional meeting of the heads of archival services and institutions of Russia


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