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31 March 2016
On 30 March 2016 the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry held a board meeting to discuss the functioning of websites run by the central state archives and the Thematic Plan of Research and Development at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (the Department for Archives and Records Management) for 2016 and the Report of Research and Development at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus (the Department for Archives and Records Management) for 2015.

The Department Board examined the functioning of websites run by the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus (NARB), the National Historical Archives of Belarus (NIAB), the Belarusian State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art (BGAMLI) and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD). An increasing access to archival information is ensured through online exhibitions of archival documents posted on the websites of the state archives (currently more than 50 exposition projects have been launched) and the information about the system of finding aids to archival records which provide a remote search and access to archival guides and directories about the composition and contents of archives. The websites of NARB, NIAB and BGAMLI contain information about the composition of their holdings and the secure copies of the most unique and especially valuable archival records. The website of BelNIIDAD offers information about the scholarly activities in the field of archives and records management.

The Department Board approved the Thematic Plan of Research and Development for 2016 and the Report of Research and Development for 2015.

22 March 2016
Book of documents The Wall of Memory in KhatynOn 18 March 2016 the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus hosted a presentation of the book of documents The Wall of Memory in Khatyn.
The presentation took place on the eve of the anniversary of the tragedy that took place in the village of Khatyn on 22 March 1943. The book tells about 66 places of mass executions of civilians and military servicemen commemorated on the Wall of Memory at the Katyn Memorial.

The book includes 134 documents available from the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus, the Central Archives of the Committee for State Security of the Republic of Belarus, the State Archives of Brest Region, the State Archives of Gomel Region, the Yad Vashem National Memorial (Jerusalem), the Regional Museum in Borisov. The book features reports and certificates issued by the regional, district and town commissions of the Extraordinary State Committee, transcripts of interrogation of eyewitnesses, victims and hangmen, reminiscences etc. The book is illustrated with photographs of the Khatyn State Memorial Complex and the monuments erected in the places of the tragedy commemorated on the Wall of Memory.

The event was opened by V.I. Kurash, Director of the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus. A welcome speech was delivered by V.I. Adamushko, Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry. V.D. Selemenev, head of the author’s group, chief archivist at the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus reported about the work done for the preparation of the book.

Among the participants and speakers at the event were A.M. Litvin, chief of the military history and inter-government relations at the History Institute of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences; G.V. Skorinko, assistant chief curator of the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War etc.

The event included an exhibition of archival documents and photographs dedicated to the tragedy of the Belarusian people in the Second World War.

02 March 2016

Procedural Guidance for Creation of Archives
The Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies (BelNIIDAD) released Procedural Guidance on Organizational and Legal Provision for Creation of Archives and Records Appraisal in Government Institutions / Authors: E. Davydova, E. Dernovich – Minsk: BelNIIDAD, 2016. – 80 p.

These methodical recommendations are designed to assist in organizing the work of archives and records appraisal in institutions of various forms of ownership, legal organization and field of activity.

The appendixes include samples of regulations on central archives, archives which transfer or do not transfer records to the state archives, regulations on central and agency expert commissions, etc.

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