RUSSIA - 57.46 %

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  • Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation - 43.78%
  • State Historical Archive of the Russian Federation - 71.14%

According to the Federal Archival Agency, the total volume of the archival fund of Russia exceeds 600 million files or more than 9,000 km of archive shelves. Annually, up to 1.7 million units of storage of administrative documentation are received from organizations, the majority (97 percent) concerns personnel files.

In 2017, 111.3 thousand documents were declassified. In total, a single database contains information on more than 91 thousand declassified cases and almost 10.5 thousand documents from nine federal archives. The reading rooms of the archives were visited by 558 thousand people, nearly 24 million references were issued.

The main archival law is Federal Law No. 125-FZ of October 22, 2004 - On Archival Affairs in the Russian Federation, but it is important to understand that legislation on archives in the Russian Federation consists not only of the Federal Law On Archives in the Russian Federation, but also from other federal laws, as well as from other regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation adopted in accordance with them, laws and other regulatory legal acts of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

Information about the Assessed Archives

The Russian State Historical Archive (RGIA) is the largest archive in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It deposited more than 7 million items, of which 6.5 million are documents on the history of the Russian Empire. RGIA is the object of attention of UNESCO and the heritage of all mankind. By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of November 6, 1993, the RGIA is included in the state code of particularly valuable objects of the cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation.


The Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia is the departmental archive of the federal level and one of the most closed archives for citizens in Russia. The Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia holds documents on the activities of the state security bodies of the RSFSR-USSR (VChK-GPU-OGPU-NKVD-MGB-MVD-KGB) in 1917-1991, including cases of repressed and rehabilitated citizens.



Population - 146.900 million
Area - 17.125.191 km²
State / Central Archives - 16
Regional And Departmental Archives -