Soviet Era Database Releases Free Documents on More Than One Million Citizens #records #russia #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen




A new database is displaying free documents on more than one million citizens of the former USSR. The documents are scanned records for those who received awards from 1939 to 1990.


Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy Fund and Library Archive has posted its scanned archives with more expected to be posted later this year:  If you open it in Chrome browser it is available in English as well as Russian.


If you have awards or documents on awarding your relatives with awards for participation in the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy, VDNKh JSC will gladly accept them as a gift.  Moscow, Prospect Mira, house 119, building 61

Phone: +7 (495) 544-34-49

E-mail: info@...


The website Lostrussianfamily has a video on how to use the database for those of us who do not know Russian.

There are also instructions in the blog post on using the database:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






Thanks a lot to Jan Meisels Allen for tipping!

Here is my 2 cents and 2 tips of searching the DB.
1. Entering a partial name (i.e. "start with") may increase your chances
2. Found document is not shown. There is a workaround. Take a note of the current page number, then move to another page in the same document and take a note of any other name on the page. Then make a new search for that new name and move to the required page. Vu a la!

Semion Sucholutsky