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28 December 2018
On 27 December 2018 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the following issues: handling of enquiries and requests from citizens and legal persons at the Department and the central archival institutions in the second half of 2018; execution of the Directive of the President of Belarus of 11 March 2004 “On measures for strengthening public security and discipline”; execution of legislation against corruption in the republic-level archival institutions in 2018; the Plan of Actions of the Department for 2019.

27 December 2018
On 26 December 2018 Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management O.V. Biryukova, Director of the Belarusian State Archives of Scientific and Technical Information A.M. Zapartyko and Deputy Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus E.A. Stukanova took part in New Year charity campaign Our Children and visited Smolevichi District Social and Pedagogical Centre to present New Year gifts to the centre’s children.

27 December 2018
Archival Readings “The Archive Business in Vitebsk Region: History and Present Times” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the state archive development in Vitebsk Region and 80th anniversary of the State Archives of Vitebsk Region took place on 19 December 2018.

Welcoming words to the participants were given by Vice Chairman of Vitebsk Region Executive Committee V.P. Penin, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry V.I. Kurash, Chief of Main Justice Administration of Vitebsk Region Executive Committee S.P. Konopelko, directors of regional state archives in Brest, Minsk and Mogilev, local state archives in Glubokoye, Orsha and Polotsk, the municipal archives of Vitebsk, and Deputy Director of Vitebsk Regional Museum.

The reports were delivered at the plenary session and during the working sections “Archival documents as information base for studies in regional history” and “The formation and use of documents of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus”. The jubilee events also included presentation of the book “The State Archives of Vitebsk Region. 100 Years of History: 1918-2018” and two exhibitions of archive documents.









26 December 2018
On 19-20 December 2018 Viktor Kurash, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus had a business trip to Vitebsk Region.

During his trip on 19 December Viktor Kurash met with Vice Chairman of Vitebsk Region Executive Committee V.P. Penin and Chief of Main Justice Administration of the Committee S.P. Konopelko to discuss issues of archive development in the region. Also, Viktor Kurash got acquainted with the material-technical base of the State Archives of Vitebsk Region and took part in the ceremonial event dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the State Archives of Vitebsk Region and in the Archival Readings “The Archive Business in Vitebsk Region: History and Present Times” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the archive service in the region.

On 20 December at Polotsk, Viktor Kurash met with the administration of this city to discuss issues of archive development in the Republic of Belarus and in the region.

During his trip Viktor Kurash visited the Local State Archives in Polotsk and Polotsk Municipal Archive and got acquainted with the material-technical base of these archival institutions.

21 December 2018
A ceremonial presentation of state awards to best representatives of various fields took place at the Palace of the Republic (Minsk) on 19 December 2018. By order of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the state awards were presented by Prime Minister of Belarus Sergey Rumas.

The employees of the archive sector were decorated with the high government awards: Medal “For Labor Service” was presented to Albina Aleksandrova, chief archivist, head of finding aids and 14th-18th century records at the National Historical Archives of Belarus; Francis Skorina Medal was awarded to Vladimir Denisov, chief archivist, head of exhibition activities at the National Historical Archives of Belarus. Also, the staff of the National Historical Archives of Belarus was awarded the Diploma of Commendation from the President of the Republic of Belarus, for big contribution to the preservation of national archival holdings, development of archive business and historical science.

19 December 2018
The delegation of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus made a business trip to Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) on 10-13 December 2018. The delegation included Director of the Department Viktor Kurash and Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science Andrey Rybakov, who took part in Belarusian-Omani negotiations in the field of archives and records management.

On the sidelines of the visit, on 11 December, members of the Belarusian delegation visited the National Records and Archive Authority of the Sultanate of Oman to acquaint with the basic activities of this government agency and the work of its all sub-divisions. During the official meeting Director of the Belarusian Department Viktor Kurash and Chairman of the Omani National Authority H.E. Dr. Hamad Al-Dhawayani discussed the issues of possible bilateral cooperation between the Belarusian and Omani archivists. The Belarusian side made proposals for organization of joint exhibitions of archival records, participation of archivists of the two countries in conferences, workshops and symposiums, the training of Omani archivists in Belarusian archival institutions and training of Belarusian archivists in the Sultanate of Oman, the exchange of theoretical and guidance literature in issues of archives and records management, and organization of study courses for Omani archivists (possibly on the base of the History Faculty of the Belarusian State University). The Omani colleagues proposed to conclude a Memorandum of Cooperation between the archive services of Belarus and Oman.

Viktor Kurash also informed Hamad Al-Dhawayani on the activities of the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA) and proposed the Omani colleagues to examine the issue of their participation in its work as an authorized representative or observer.

On 12 December the Belarusian delegation visited the Parliament of the Sultanate of Oman and had a meeting with Vice Chairman of the Parliament Mohammed Abu-Bakar Salim Al Ghassani.

During the visit of the Belarusian delegation to the Sultanate of Oman an agreement was reached for bilateral cooperation between the archive services of Belarus and Oman in various areas of archives and records management to be realized in 2019-2020 and in the next years.


The delegation of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management during the talks on Belarusian-Omani cooperation in archives and records management at Muscat (Sultanate of Oman)v


The delegation of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management during the talks on Belarusian-Omani cooperation in archives and records management at Muscat (Sultanate of Oman)


The delegation of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management during the talks on Belarusian-Omani cooperation in archives and records management at Muscat (Sultanate of Oman)


The delegation of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management during the talks on Belarusian-Omani cooperation in archives and records management at Muscat (Sultanate of Oman)


The delegation of the Belarusian Department for Archives and Records Management during the talks on Belarusian-Omani cooperation in archives and records management at Muscat (Sultanate of Oman)

03 December 2018
The Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus held a board meeting to discuss the following issues: the review of remaking lists Nos. 1 and 2 for institutions potential sources of records acquisition at the republic-level state archives and the work of the Department and the state archives in executing the administrative procedures in 2018.

The Department board has instructed the central state archives to strengthen work in extending the range of institutions potential sources of records acquisition. After the BelNIIDAD (Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science) works out the new classifiers and the Preliminary lists of types and kinds of institutions potential sources or not sources of records acquisition, the management of lists Nos. 1 and 2 can be significantly simplified.

On the second issue it has been noted that in 2018 the work of the Department and the state archives was directed at the timely and high-quality execution of the administrative procedures. On 21 August 2018 the Department conducted “a direct telephone line” on the theme “The procedure of providing access to records at the state archives of the Republic of Belarus”.

29 November 2018
Between 20 and 22 November 2018 Mr. Viktor Kurash, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus had a business trip to Kazan (Russian Federation). He took part in the couch session on the topic “Archives and Preservation of the Identity of the Peoples of Russia” and made a welcome speech at the ceremonial event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the State Archival Service of the Republic of Tatarstan.

In his greeting to the participants, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov highly appreciated the role and significance of archives in the life of the state and the society.

The events included negotiations with the Chairman of the State Committee on Archives of the Republic of Tatarstan Gulnara Gabdrakhmanova, in which they discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation between the archival services of Belarus and Tatarstan.

23 November 2018
The 25th International Scientific-Practical Conference “Documentation in Information Society: Archives and Records Management in Conditions of Digital Economy” took place in Moscow on 7 and 8 November 2018. The Conference was organized by the Eurasian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (EURASICA), the Federal Archival Agency of Russia, the All-Russian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science.

Over 200 participants joined the Conference, including representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Finland, and Uzbekistan.

A full summary of the Conference in the Russian language is here

20 November 2018
Between 12 and 15 November 2018 the delegation of Belarusian archivists visited Kaunas, the Republic of Lithuania, to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibition “The end of the First World War: a decisive turn for modern Europe”. The delegation included First Deputy Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry O. Biryukova and Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus A. Demyanyuk. The Belarusian exposition presented documents from the state archives in Belarus highlighting the 100th anniversary of the state building in Belarus.

The opening ceremony, organized by Lithuanian archivists, was attended by representatives from archive services of Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Finland, Estonia and Georgia.

The Belarus delegation also visited the Lithuanian Central State Archives, the Lithuanian State Historical Archives and the Kaunas Regional Archives to acquaint with the work of Lithuanian archivists.

During the events the participants exchanged their experience in the field of archive business and discussed issues of joint work in archival projects.

 Documents of Belarusian archives on 100th anniversary of the state building in Belarus at the Belarusian exposition stand in Kaunas


At the Kaunas exhibition “The end of the First World War: a decisive turn for modern Europe”


At the Kaunas exhibition “The end of the First World War: a decisive turn for modern Europe”

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