Russia: Open Access Electronic Repository Of WWII Documents

Posted by admin on Apr 15, 2010

The Russian Defense Ministry has started posting wartime documents on its official web site. The files can be found in the electronic archive “The Achievements of the People in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945”.

Documents dating back to the first days and months of the war are expected to appear in this section of the site by the 65th anniversary of victory, celebrated on May 9th. A total of 204 thousand documents, including those concerning military operations, will become available. The electronic repository is planned to be updated with historical facts of WWII until 2012. Dometiy Zavolsky, an employee of the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, is hopeful that all documents at the disposal of the Russian Defense Ministry will be included in the electronic archive.

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