ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia: C-9
Tsentral'nyi arkhiv vnutrennikh voisk MVD RF (TsAVV)
Total: 521 fonds, 351,434 units, 1951–2000s (some documents from 1918, 1932, 1938, 1941, 1946)
TsAVV preserves the records of the operations of the Chief Administration of Internal Troops of the MVD SSSR and the Chief Administration of the Command of Internal Troops of MVD RSFSR, their administrations, troop formations, military-training establishments (1932–), troop units, and other institutions of the internal troops (since 1951), along with those of special escort units for security of important state objects (1946–). Moreover, this repository retains the records of the Political Administration of the Internal Troops of the MVD SSSR and other political organs (1951–1991), Party and Komsomol organizations in separate troop units, regional (okruzhnye) administrations for material-technical and ordinance supply, and military depots.
A separate group of records comprises staff files of military personnel—including files for Heroes of the Soviet Union, those who died in the line of duty, those who were tried and imprisoned by military tribunals, and those who were discharged from military ranks. There are also collections of historical induction records (1918–1991), and personal papers (since 1940).
N.B. Documentation predating 1951 has been transferred to RGVA (B–8). Those records are described, together with concise agency histories for the various troops and their successive organizations, in the 1993 guide to RGVA (b–335, vol. 2, pp. 299–346).