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ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: C-3Last update of repository: 8 June 2017
Arkhiv vneshnei politiki Rossiiskoi Imperii (AVPRI)
Access & Facilities
All fonds in the archive are open to the public, for foreign as well as Russian researchers.
Requests for access should be presented in an official letter from the researcher’s sponsoring institution or Embassy, either to the director of the archive or to the IDD MID, at least one month in advance. Such a letter should indicate the researcher’s organization and function, purpose of research, topic, files needed, and date of prospective visit. If a foreigner will require an interpreter such information should also be included. Normally, researchers should confirm their prospective visit no less than five days in advance.
Orders for files usually take three days to be delivered to the reading room. In cases when researchers are unable to come to the archive, or do all of their research themselves, AVPRI will perform thematic searches and copy documents on a specific subject for an agreed fee.
Photocopies and microfilm are available in limited quantities (normally 50 copies per year) at high charges that vary with the size and speed of the order; rights for copying are computed separately. There is usually no charge for the right of academic publication for copied documents within Russia, although a separate contract for publication rights must be negotiated in all cases.
Researchers have full access to opisi and other catalogue facilities. Opisi should be ordered a day in advance.