Российский государственный военный архив
- Russian State Military Archive
- Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voennyi arkhiv
Archive was established in 1920 as the Archive of the Red Army (from 1933 Central Archive of the Red Army, from 1941 Central State Archive of the Red Army, and from 1958 Central State Archive of the Soviet Army ).
In 1946 Institution had been supplied with separate subarchive, so called 'Separate Archive' that included documents collected by the Soviet Army during II World War in the other State and transferd here in 1946.
In 1960 Archive added to its collections documents of the internal and border forces NKVD-MVD of the Soviet Socialist Republic.
In 1992 Archive became reorganized into Russian State Military Archive.
Geographical and Cultural Context
Archive contains documents from whole of the territory of former Soviet Union, as well as documents of various character from Poland, Germany, and former Czechoslovakia.
Mandates/Sources of Authority
Archive is operating on the basis of its statute, confirmed by decision of Federal Archive Agency on 31 May, 2011 (Nr. 39)
For the statute of the Archive, see:
Archival and Other Holdings
Documents on the history of creation and development of soviet military administration and military forces of the Socialist Soviet Republic (and Red Army), from the period 1918-1940
Documents on the history of central and local institutional bodies of the 'white' armies during the Russian Civil War, 1917-1922.
-Documents of the Internal and Border Armies (Cheka, OGPU, NKVD, MVD) of Soviet State and Russian Federation, 1918-2001.
Personal documents of Soviet military leaders;
Documents of the foreign origin (collected by the Soviet Armies during the II World War). This are documents obtained in Germany, Poland and Czechoslovak Republic, and were produced by foreign central authorities, social and interbal organizations, business companies, banks, newspapers, many other organizations and private people.
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(lunch brake: 1-2 p.m.)
Conditions of Access
Part of the archival resource has 'secret' or 'confidentional' character and is not accessible for the wider public.
- Archival folders can be ordered maximum up to 10 archival folders per day. Archival order is made from 1 up to 3 days, depending on the ordered material .
Archive provides services in the fields of biographical and other types of research- for citizens and Russian institutions as well as foreigners.
Researchers have a possibility to order documents color or black-white xerox reproductions or scans. Larger reproduction orders are made upon prior legal agreement with the Archive.