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ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: C 1


Arkhiv Prezidenta Rossiiskoi Federatsii (AP RF)
(Otdel po obespecheniiu deiatel'nosti arkhiva Prezidenta Upravleniia informatsionnogo i dokumentatsionnogo obespecheniia Prezidenta RF)

[Archive of the President of the Russian Federation
(Division Responsible for the Activities of the Archive of the President of the Administration of Information and Documentary Support of the President)]

Agency: Administratsiia Prezidenta Rossiiskoi Federatsii
[Administration of the President of the Russian Federation]




Address: 103012, Moscow, Nikol'skii per., 4
Telephone: (495) 606-13-33; Fax: (495) 606-19-66
Website: http://www.kremlin.ru/state_subj/group62347.shtml (Administration of Information and Documentary Support)
Head of Division: Viacheslav Nikolaevich Iakushev (tel. 606-13-33)
Deputy Head: Aleksandr Sergeevich Stepanov (tel. 606-18-11)

Previous Names

About AP RF

In December 1991 a single Archive of the President of the RF was formed for the purpose of organizing the preservation and use of the documents of the President of the RF and his Administration. Before July 1990, the archive was part of the archive of the General Department of the CPSU Central Committee (Sektor VI) and contained the records of the highest CP organs, the Politburo and Presidium of the Central Committee, congresses, plenums, and conferences of the CC CPSU, dating from 1919 to 1990. In the summer of 1998, the archive was reorganized as a division of the Administration of Information and Documentary Responsibilities of the President (Otdel po obespecheniiu deiatel'nosti arkhiva Prezidenta Upravleniia informatsionnogo i dokumentatsionnogo obespecheniia Prezidenta RF).

AP RF includes four categories of records. The first consists of documentscreated in the process of B. N. Yeltsin's functions as President of the RSFSR and of the RF, and in the operation of structural subdivisions of the Presidential Administration. The second historical complex of the archive consists of records created in the process of official functions of M. S. Gorbachev as President of the USSR and of structural subdivisions of his administration. The third complex of archival materials consists of the records of the highest organs of the All-Russian Communist Party and the CPSU (VKP[b]-KPSS) from 1919 to 1991 (including Party congresses from 1952-1986 and Central Committee plenums from 1944 to 1990), and of the Politburo CC from 1919 to 1990, the Secretariat, the CC Presidium, and of subordinated CP organs. The fourth category consists of the personal papers of approximately forty of the the highest state and party leaders.

Access

Virtually the entire archive is still classified as top secret and remains inaccessible to ordinary researchers. Declassification is being handled by a special commission appointed by the President of the Russian Federation. The archive has been practicing confidential access to original materials in the historical part of the archive for a highly limited number of selected researchers. Access or delivery of copies is dependent on permission of the Director of the Administration of the President of the RF (Rukovoditel' Administratsii Prezidenta RF), who should be addressed in writing with specific requests.

See Biulleten' rassekrechennykh dokumentov federal'nykh arkhivov i tsentrov khraneniia dokumentatsii (2000, 2004, vyp. 3, 5) for an annotated list of fonds that have been declassified through 1998-2003.

Recent General Description

  • Batygin, Aleksandr. "Arkhiv Prezidenta "Kremlevskikh tain" ostaetsia vse men'she." Rossiiskaia gazeta, 27 August 1994, no. 163, pp. 1, 2. (interview with Aleksandr V. Korotkov). (Lib: DLC; IU; MH)
    In an interview the director discusses the role, holdings, and publication activities of AP RF, along with transfers of its historical materials to public repositories.

Major Specialized Finding Aids

  • Arkhivy Kremlia i Staroi ploshchadi. Dokumenty po "delu KPSS": Annotirovannyi spravochnik dokumentov, predstavlennykh v Konstitutsionnyi sud Rossiiskoi Federatsii po "delu KPSS." Compiled by I. I. Kudriavtsev. Edited by V. P. Kozlov. Novosibirsk: "Sibirskii khronograf," 1995. 325 p. [Rosarkhiv] (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) (Also listed under B 13)
    EARLIER SERIAL ED.: Arkhivy Kremlia i Staroi ploshchadi. Ser. I. Spravochno-informatsionnye materialy: Spravochnik po dokumentam, predstavlennym v Konstitutsionnyi sud Rossiiskoi Federatsii po "delu KPSS." 4 issues. Moscow, 1993-1995. "Arkhivno-informatsionnyi biulleten' (Prilozhenie to Istoricheskii arkhiv)," nos. 1/2-6. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH[inc]). (Also listed under B-13).
    An item-level inventory of the miscellaneous collection of copies of 3,615 declassified documents from files of the Presidential Archive (AP RF), along with files from the KGB and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other repositories that were released to the Constitutional Court. Although many of the originals remain in AP RF, xerox copies are deposited in RGANI, fond 89. Reprints the serial edition with cumulative name and subject indexes. An additional catalogue of the remaining documents in the collection (opisi 53-72) is in preparation. The catalogue does not provide the precise archival location for the originals from which the copies were prepared. See the microform edition of the collection listed as part of Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State: Catalogue of Finding Aids and Documents (1995).
  • Stalinskie rasstrel'nye spiski. Compiled by V. N. Iakushev, A. S. Stepanov, A. B. Roginskii, N. G. Okhotin, et al. Moscow, 2002. [NIPTs "Memorial;" AP RF].  URL: http://stalin.memo.ru/ .