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30 July 2009
A compendium of documents has been prepared for publication by Belarusian and Russian archivists jointly with the History Institute of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences to mark seventy years since the reunification of Western Belarus and the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.

In addition to the texts of historical content, the book presents rare photographs and facsimile copies of documents selected from the Moscow archives, which were not available so far. These include autographs by Stalin, Molotov, Voroshilov, Ponomarev and Khrushchev, as well as documents indicating that in March, 1941, the Communist Party Politbureau abolished the status of the Belovezhskaia Pushcha (Bialowieza) Forest as a natural reserve, permitting for one million cubic meters of wood to be cut there annually. According to the document, only the sites of palaces and museums and the animal nurseries located in the area of ten thousand hectares had retained he status of the national park

Of importance is a document concerning the People's Assembly of Western Belarus, testifying that the Assembly was initially planned to be held in Bialystok or in Baranovichi.

The book also presents a photograph showing members of the People’s Assembly Plenipotentiary Commission for Western Belarus together with the USSR leadership in the Big Kremlin Palace.

This book is not the first joint work of Belarusian and Russian archivists. Previously they jointly prepared and published the following titles: "…The Western Special Military District, late 1939-1941", "The USSR State Committee for Defence has decided…" comprising declassified records of the extraordinary higher authority in the USSR in WWII relating to Belarus, "The Grodno Province. 1919-1926", "Belarus in the first months of the Great Patriotic War", "…Evacuation of prisoners from Belarus in 1941", "Liberated Belarus", "Documents on Belarusian history in the Special File of J. Stalin" etc.

01 July 2009
The eighth meeting of archivists from the Gomel, Briansk and Chernigov regions took place near the Friendship Monument at the border of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (the village of Senkov, Dobrush district, Belarus) on 26 June 2009. This year’s meeting, held within the framework of the international youth festival "Friendship 2009", was organized by the Belarusian side. Among other events, the program included a round table titled "The issues of documents acquisition, maintenance, preservation and use".

The Belarusian archivists told the participants about the presentation of a scholarly edition titled "The Gomel Province, 1919-1926. Documents and Materials" and read their papers addressing issues of documents acquision at the state archives, documents maintenance and preservation at the State Archives of Gomel Region, new technologies for creating security copies of especially valuable documents of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus, and the prospects of documents digitization.

The Ukrainian archivists told about their two new editions: a collection of documents marking 200th anniversary of Nikolai Gogol, "N.V. Gogol in documents of the State Archives of Chernigov Region. A collection of documents and materials" and a monograph titled "The formation and development of the system of local organs of state power and administration in Ukraine in the 2nd half of the 19th and early 20th centuries" written by R.B. Vorobei, Director of the State Archives of Chernigov Region.

The Russian colleagues dwelt on the issues of acquisition at the state archives of Briansk Region and the issues of documents transference from agency archives for preservation by the State.

The next meeting is to be organized by the Ukrainian side.

01 July 2009
On 26 June 2009, the Minsk Regional Executive Committee hosted an exhibition of documents from the State Archives of Minsk Region dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazi invaders.

The exhibition presented the archive’s documents relating to partisan and underground movement in Belarus in WWII, combat operations in Minsk area, crimes committed by the occupation regime, the liberation of Minsk area in the summer of 1944, etc. Also on display were documents from personal collections – diaries, personal papers and awarding documents of WWII veterans, memoirs of participants in partisan and underground movement in Minsk region, etc.

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