International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – April 8, 2016

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

  • Double Agent Kim Philby Bragged of How Easy Spying Was in 1981 Lecture (New York Times, April 4, 2016) – “Kim Philby, the double agent whose betrayal of his country to the Soviet Union still marks British life, boasted in a 1981 lecture that was recently discovered by the BBC and broadcast on Monday of the ease with which he fooled a complacent establishment.”
  • U.S. will return stolen historical documents to Russia (Russia Beyond the Headlines, February 26, 2016) – “On March 3, 2016 the residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow will host a ceremony in which the American authorities will return 28 historical documents from the 18th-20th centuries to the Russian government.”
  • Historic homecoming: US returns stolen artifacts to Russia (RT, March 3, 2016) – “American authorities returned 28 crucial historical documents dating back to the 18th-20th centuries to the Russian government on Thursday in an official ceremony held at the residence of the US Ambassador in Moscow.”
  • Russian Archive Chief Out After Debunking Soviet WWII Legend (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, March 17, 2016) – “The longtime director of the Russian State Archive has been removed from his post less than a year after he exposed a popular Soviet World War II legend to be “fiction” and railed against Soviet “myths” in front of top officials.”
  • Battle in the Archives – Uncovering Russia’s Secret Past (The Moscow Times, March 24, 2016) – “Whatever the truth, Mironenko’s exit marks the end of an era. His 24 years in charge of the state archive spanned modern Russian history. He arrived as an explosion of openness swept away the Soviet Union; he leaves amid fears that an increasingly nationalistic and authoritarian Kremlin is seeking to suppress uncomfortable truths in Russian and Soviet history.”
  • Keeping Russia’s history safe for the ages: Inside a Moscow archive (Russia Beyond the Headlines, February 23, 2016) – “The Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents in Moscow is the country’s primary repository of manuscripts and records dating back to the Middle Ages and beyond, but the story of the archive itself is not short of interest.”

Publications and Resources of Interest

  • A Glimpse into the Archives – An online exhibit from the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals displaying documents from the International Criminal Tribunals in Rwanda (ICTR) and the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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