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12 June 2008
The events marking 90 Years of the Federal Archival Service of Russia took place in Moscow on 3-6 June 2008. These included the 9th General EURASICA Conference of the International Council on Archives (ICA), the session of the Consultative Council of heads of the state archival services of CIS countries, and a number of other events which brought together archivists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. Participants from Belarusian side were Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V.A. Adamushko, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V.D. Selemenev, and Director of the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies, A.E. Rybakov.
The EURASICA meeting discussed the report on executing the Action Plan for 2004-2008, adopted the Action Plan for 2009-2012, discussed the issues of the EURASICA regional department participation in the 16th International Congress of Archives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the publication of the EURASICA information bulletin, and more. In the focus was the discussion of the events to be conducted at the 16th International Congress of Archives by the EURASICA regional department of the ICA. Among these are the session titled "Archives in the period of democratic transformations", a round table on the topic of "Archives in the service of the society", presentation of reports "Reference and finding aids in the Internet", "The Russian best practices in the transfer of archival documents", etc.

The EURASICA regional department conducted the election of its governing body. A.S. Virabian, head of the State Archival Service of Armenia, has been elected Chairman of the EURASICA Executive Bureau; V.I. Adamushko, director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, as Deputy Chairman.

The Consultative Council of heads of the state archival services of CIS countries examined the issues concerning the council's activities in humanitarian cooperation, the Inter-State Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation in Archives, the activities of the The All-Russian Archival Science and Records Management Research Institute (VNIIDAD) as a central organization for retraining and advanced training of professionals in archival science and records management in CIS countries, the types of records created by the presidents of CIS countries, the establishment of presidential archives, and more. V.I. Adamushko, director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, provided a report on the activities of the State Archival Service of Belarus in 2007-2008.

On 4 June the Presidential Hall of the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted a celebration meeting dedicated to 90 Years of the the Federal Archival Service of Russia. Among the speakers at the meeting was the director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Adamushko.

The Belarusian side held negotiations with heads of the archival services of Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation.

10 June 2008
The presentation of book "Belarus in Resolutions and Instructions of the USSR State Committee for Defense. 1941-1945" took place at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus on 10 June 2008.
This directory is the next edition published jointly by Belarusian and Russian archivists. This includes data on 345 declassified documents on Belarus issued by the extraordinary highest government body in the war time, now being preserved at the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History. Among these are records concerning the formation of army units, combat operations, evacuation, and assignment of members of military councils, fronts and armies. Also included are materials on the guidance of Partisan movement and describing combat operations in the Vitebsk and Orsha directions in the years 1943 and 1944. The resolutions issued by the State Committee for Defense in 1944-1945 dealt with the restoration of economics, mobilization of military servicemen and civilians to various works, the supply, distribution and transportation of fuels, the repatriation of deported groups of population, the driving and distribution of captured cattle, the removal of equipment and property from Germany into Belarus, and more.

The contents of most resolutions have been declassified, with the most important published in full, the others presented as fragments or interpreted.

Participants at the presentation are Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus, V.I. Adamushko, Deputy Director of the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History, V.N. Shepelev, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, V.D. Selemenev, and Director of History Institute at the Belarus Academy of Sciences, A.A. Kovalenia.

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