Российский государственный военный архив

  • Russian State Military Archive
  • Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi voennyi arkhiv
  • RGVA


ul. Admirala Makarova 29


8 (499) 159-88-39; 8 (499) 159-85-23


8 (499) 159-80-91


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 states and transferred here in 1946.

In 1960 Archive added to its collections documents of the internal and border forces NKVD-MVD of the Soviet Union.

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 Soviet Republics and Soviet Union (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 World War II). These are documents obtained in Germany, Poland and Czechoslovak Republic, and produced by foreign central authorities, social organizations, business companies, banks, newspapers, other organizations and private people.

Opening Times

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday 12 - 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 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 .

Research Services

Archive provides services in the fields of biographical and other types of research- for citizens and Russian institutions as well as foreigners.

Reproduction Services

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.


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