ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: C-011
*Otdel po voprosam gosudarstvennoi registratsii aktov grazhdanskogo sostoianiia Departamenta po voprosam pravovoi pomoshchi i vzaimodeistviia s sudebnoi sistemoi Ministerstva iustitsii RF[Division for Questions of State Registration of Vital Statistics of the Department of Legal Assistance and Cooperation with Judicial System of the Ministry of Justice]
Agency: Ministerstvo iustitsii RF (Miniust Rossii)
[Ministry of Justice]
Address: 117292, Moscow, ul. Krzhizhanovskogo, 7
Telephone: +7 499 129-59-88 (Department)
Fax: +7 495 955-57-79 (Ministry of Justice)
Transport: metro: Chistye prudy, Turgenevskaia
Director of the Department of Legal Assistance and Cooperation with Judicial System: Sergei Alekseevich Pogudin (tel. +7 499 129-59-88)
Deputy Director of the Department of Legal Assistance and Cooperation with Judicial System: Irina Ivanovna Aliab'eva (tel. +7 499 129-59-88)
Under the Ministry of Justice, the Division for Questions of Registration of Vital Statistics (ZAGS) operates under the Department for Questions of Legal Assistance, according to the administrative reorganization of 1998. The Ministry, however, does not operate a central archive, and has only advisory or methodological authority over local ZAGS offices that are operated as agencies of local government. Previously, the Ministry had a separate Administration for Registration of Records of Vital Statistics, which was established in 1917 and early 1918 and developed its own centralized and standardized archival system throughout the USSR under the Ministry of Justice on all-union and republic levels. Prerevolutionary records of vital statistics previously kept by religious agencies were collected on regional principles by local ZAGS archives, and kept together with current on-going records. All ZAGS records are retained by the agency for 75 years before being deposited in designated local state archives.
A new law regulating the registration of vital statistics (ZAGS)—“Ob aktakh grazhdanskogo sostoianiia” was enacted in 20 November 1997, which provides details for different types of registration and extends the regulation for the retention of two copies of ZAGS records by local (raion) ZAGS offices for 75 years before the transfer of one of them to local state archives.