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The State Archival Service of the Russian Federation (Rosarkhiv), the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Chadwyck-Healey concluded an agreement in April 1992 to microfilm the records and opisi (finding aids) of the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union, as well as other selected holdings of the State Archives. We are pleased to present to the library and scholarly communities this first edition of the project catalogue, which lists microfilms produced by the project and made available to date.

The project has three components: (1) the development of an archival and scholarly exchange program to benefit Russian studies; (2) the preservation of approximately 25 million sheets of archival documentation on microfilm; and (3) the distribution of the microfilm for scholarly research. Rosarkhiv is producing the microfilm with financial resources provided by the Hoover Institution. The microfilm is being published by Rosarkhiv and the Hoover Institution and distributed by Chadwyck-Healey.

Rosarkhiv and the Hoover Institution have established an Editorial Board of six scholars, which has made the selection of materials for filming. Board members include three persons representing Rosarkhiv (Prof. Rudolf G. Pikhoia, Prof. Nikolai N. Pokrovskii, and Col. Gen. Dmitri Volkogonov) and three scholars representing the Hoover Institution (Dr Robert Conquest, Dr John Dunlop, and Prof. Terence Emmons). Professor Pikhoia, who is chairman of Rosarkhiv, also chairs the Editorial Board. Dr Jana Howlett, University lecturer in the Department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University, is the project consultant, and serves as an ex officio member of the Editorial Board.

The selection of materials for filming is based on two principal criteria. First, the project is giving priority to the records of the highest policy-making organs of the Communist Party. Second, the project is filming record series in their entirety, rather than disparate files or documents selected on the basis of subject content.

The project is intended to enhance access to the newly opened Russian archives as well as to preserve them for future research. Complete sets of the microfilm will be deposited with Rosarkhiv for use by scholars in Russia, and at the Hoover Institution for use by scholars in the United States. In addition to this catalogue, a list of materials included in the project will be posted electronically with frequent updates on the Hoover Institution's World Wide Web server. The URL for the Hoover Institution is HTTP:/ /Hoover.Stanford.Edu/WWW/Welcome.HTML)

The agreement also establishes an archival and scholarly exchange program. In exchange for microfilm of the former Communist Party archives, the Hoover Institution has made a commitment to give to Rosarkhiv a microfilm copy of all its Russian archival holdings. To the extent that resources permit, microfilms of the Communist Party archives will be deposited at the U.S. Library of Congress and the Novosibirsk Regional State Archives.

It is a pleasure to note that this entire undertaking has been made possible by the timely and generous financial support of several major donors. We gratefully acknowledge these donors and extend to them - on behalf of all scholars who now and in the future will benefit from their generosity - our appreciation and thanks. They are: The Margaret W. and Herbert Hoover, Jr. Foundation, The Sarah Scaife Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The John M. Olin Foundation, The Jaquel匤 Hume Foundation, and The Estelle Buel Simon Trust (Alice Phillips Rose, Trustee).

Rudolf G. Pikhoia, Prof., Dr.
Chairman, State Archival Service
of the Russian Federation

Charles G. Palm
Deputy Director, Hoover Institution,
Stanford University

March 1995


Now that historians have gained free access to Soviet archives for the first time in over seventy years, it may be difficult to remember why the history of the Soviet State is one of the most studied and least understood. Throughout most of its history, the Soviet state was a one-party monolith, led by the Communist Party. The ideological justification for the organisation of this state was entirely based on historical arguments. The Soviet state relied for its legitimisation on a historical construct in which the victory of Communism was to be the inevitable consequence of a process of transformation of human society from tribal formations, through feudalism, capitalism and socialism. More specifically, the transformation of the Russian Empire into the Soviet Union was interpreted as an expression of the will of many nations united in their support for the Revolution and led in the building of a Communist society by the only party in which they could place their trust.

This was a view of history which did not allow for discussion, yet it was contradicted by all the sources. It is not surprising that from the late 1920s the Communist Party leadership used all means at its disposal to ensure that archival information should not fall into the wrong hands: in the words of Stalin 'the Party must be militant and merciless in the struggle against the class enemy on the ideological front, and against rotten liberalism in relation to all perversions of marxism-leninism, and raise vigilance against attempts to smuggle counter-revolutionary Trotskyist contraband in the guise of a study of the past (and especially of the history of our Party)' (Stalin's letter to the editors of Proletarskaia revoliutsiia quoted in the preface to the first issue of Literaturnoe nasledstvo, Leningrad, 1932) . Among the most effective means was the purge of academic institutions teaching history, and the transference of archives into the jurisdiction of the secret police. This meant that even historians of pre-Soviet Russia had difficulty with access to sources. But documents of the twentieth century were kept out of reach of all but the most reliable Party historians. Finding aids were only available to the employees of each archive - foreign researchers were not even allowed to look at card catalogues without supervision.

For Soviet historians the situation was not much better. Archives of the Communist Party, such the Central Party Archive of the Institute of Marx-Engels-Lenin (now RTsKhIDNI) , which contained materials documenting the history of the Communist movement, were accessible primarily to the historians working in the Institute. With a letter of recommendation from their own Central Committee, members of foreign Communist Parties could look at papers originating from their own Party, but only if permission was given by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR. Even during Gorbachev's perestroika little could be done to change the situation against the opposition of Party stalwarts. When the Central Party Archive started to open its doors to researchers, the Party historian V. Naumov warned the Central Committee of the dangers of allowing 'foreign scholars and Soviet institutions access to large numbers of photocopies of documents'. Typically, a collection of essays produced during perestroika with Naumov's participation cited only published works, even while using archival material (Urok daet istoriia, Moscow, 1989).

A proprietorial attitude towards the past was combined with a tradition of paranoid conspiracy, which ensured that even within the Party leadership access to documents was restricted. Already on 8 November 1919 a Politburo minute records Stalin's statement that 'certain information about sessions of the Central Committee, admittedly in corrupt form, somehow reaches our enemies' (RTsKhIDNI, fond 17, opis 3, delo 37). Stalin therefore recommended the establishment of a procedure 'which would allow only a few of the comrades to get to know the protocols'. Until the very end of the Communist Party's monopoly of power access to Politburo protocols was governed by a decree which described them as 'conspiratorial material'. When the Communist Party's current archive, now TsKhSD, was transferred from the jurisdiction of the Central Committee, almost all of its holdings were classified as secret or top secret.

As late as 12 August 1991 a memorandum was sent to one of Gorbachev's deputies in the Central Committee of the Communist Party, stressing that the documents in the Communist Party archives should not be made available to the public, because they are 'the strongest weapon of political struggle'. Less than two weeks later, after the coup attempt which failed to reclaim the Communist Party's monopoly of government, President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree which transferred the archives of the Communist Party of the USSR into the jurisdiction of the state. Now no scholar wanting to study the Soviet State in the twentieth century can do so without reference to primary sources.

As a result of President Yeltsin's decree the formerly secret archives of the Soviet Party and State came under the administration of the Committee for Archives, now the State Archival Service of Russia (Rosarkhiv). The declared aim behind the archival reform was to make the archives accessible to all. In the implementation of this task, Rosarkhiv was faced with several formidable problems.

The first was the lack of appropriate legislation. In the summer of 1993 a law governing access to the archives of the Russian Federation was passed, the first such archival legislation in Russia's history. Legislation defining the concept of 'state secrets' and its application to the archives was also passed. As a result de-classification of materials issued by State and Communist Party institutions could begin. Automatically classified are 1) materials affecting the security of the State, and 2) materials containing confidential information about the lives of private citizens. In practice the former Party archives have de-classified most material not belonging to the above categories for the years up to 1942. Documents from later periods have to be de-classified either by commissions within the archives themselves or by a special government commission.

The second task faced by the Archival Service was practical. As the numbers of scholars wishing to consult the newly accessible documents grew, it became clear that few archives were equipped to cope with such an influx. The most pressing need was for microfilm of documents, which could be issued to readers, so that unique originals could be protected.

The closing down of a great number of USSR ministries and administrative bodies, as well as the privatisation of former state companies has meant that millions of files originating from such organisations are now kept by Rosarkhiv. In the last few years the volume of documents, especially on the history of the USSR, for which Rosarkhiv is responsible has increased almost three times.

The microfilms listed in this catalogue are the result of an unprecedented agreement between Rosarkhiv and the Hoover Institution, with the participation of Chadwyck- Healey. This was Rosarkhiv's first major international agreement.

The Rosarkhiv-Hoover agreement has facilitated the solution of the following problems:

1. Making of microfilm copies of the most important documents for the history of the USSR and its Communist Party. This has necessitated enormous work on the analysis, processing and de-classification of documents. The obtained microfilm copies will become available to researchers in Russia and abroad.

2. The creation of microfilm copies aids the preservation of unique documents, most of which had never been intended for use in research.

As part of the agreement Hoover is donating to Rosarkhiv microfilm copies of its holdings on the history of Russia and the Russian Empire. A considerable part of these materials is being microfilmed specially for Rosarkhiv.

The finding aids and documents filmed under this agreement contain a wealth of new information about all aspects of the life of the Soviet State and Communist Party from 1917 until 1991.


The three archives represent the key archives of the Soviet State and the Soviet Communist Party.

a) Archives of the Soviet State

The State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) was created in April 1992 from the Archive of the October Revolution (TsGAOR SSSR) and the Central Archive of the RSFSR.

The Central State Archive of the October Revolution, of Organs of Government and of Organs of State Administration, to give it its full name , was the most important archive of the Soviet State. It was initially responsible for gathering collections documenting the formation of this state, which underwent several transformations on the road to the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. From October 1917 until mid- 1918 the Bolsheviks controlled only the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic and the Ukrainian Socialist Republic. By late 1920 there were eight Socialist Republics, though much of the territory of the former Russian Empire was in the grip of a Civil War. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed in December 1922, though initially it did not include all the Soviet Republics on former Imperial territory.

The Archive of the October Revolution (TsGAOR) was set up in 1920 in order to collect documents on the history of the October Revolution and the establishment of Soviet power in the RSFSR. The core of the present collection was therefore formed from documents issued by the Military-Revolutionary Councils (MRCts), the first Congresses of the Soviets of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies (the Soviets, later to include peasant deputies, were technically the supreme legislative authority in the early Soviet state), the Central Executive Committee (VTsIK), the Council of People's Commissars (Sovnarkom), the Council for the National Economy (VSNKh), the People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD) and other government institutions of the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic.

After the establishment of the USSR many republic-level institutions were closed down, and by decree their papers were transferred in 1938 to the now-renamed Central State Archive of the October Revolution (TsGAOR). In the same year TsGAOR, together with all other state archives of the USSR, came under the jurisdiction of the NKVD, the ministry which policed the state.

In 1941 TsGAOR became a repository of all Trade Union papers and papers of institutions dealing with the economy and was renamed Central State Archive of the October Revolution and of Socialist Construction. After the war the archive received the papers of Russian 駑igr駸 in Prague and Belgrade. The Prague archive contained papers of opposition parties, of the many governments and military groups which tried to overthrow the Bolsheviks during the tragic years of the Civil War.

Between 1957 and 1992 TsGAOR underwent several more re-organisations. The NKVD/MVD control ceased in 1962 and the archive first lost and then acquired again materials on the RSFSR and USSR economy and its organisation.

In 1992 TsGAOR was merged with the Central State Archive of the RSFSR. The latter had been since the early sixties the repository for the papers of the government of the RSFSR (the largest republic in the USSR) and for materials on the economy and industry of this republic. The new archive was named the State Archive of the Russian Federation.

As the list of the collections of this archive in the opisi section shows, the result is an immense wealth of political, economic, statistical and other information about the highest echelons of State administrations together with a fascinating collection of personal archives belonging to figures as disparate as General Denikin, leader of the White Armies in South Russia during the Civil War, and Aleksei Gastev, poet of the proletarian revolution and a passionate believer in the creation of a new society, who perished during Stalin's purges.

In 1995 a decree from President Yeltsin gave GARF the status of an 'exceptional monument of culture'.

b) The former Soviet Communist Party Archives

The Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History (RTsKhIDNI) and the Centre for the Preservation of Contemporary Documentation (TsKhSD) are the two main Communist Party archives which came under the jurisdiction of Rosarkhiv in 1991.

The Centre for the Preservation of Contemporary Documentation came into being in the autumn of 1991. The core of the archive's collections consists of the working papers of the current archive of the General Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. It contains the documents of the Secretariat, departments and apparat of the Central Committee from 1953 onwards (from the XXth Party Congress). It also includes the more than 200 archives which were kept by the Central Committee in its many departments and buildings. TsKhSD is therefore a unique collection of documents on the activities of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR during the last four decades.

The organisation of the Central Committee, and the importance of its institutions, varied throughout its existence, but fig.1 represents the theoretical system of relationships between main Communist Party organisations as laid down by the Ustav or Rule Book of the Party.


In actual fact the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party was at the apex of all decision making in the Soviet party, as seen from fig.2.


The Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History - formerly the Central Party Archive of the Institute of Marx-Engels-Lenin attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party - is well known to all Sovietologists. It was created in 1928 from two archives as a repository for documents tracing the history of communism as a world movement. The Archive for the History of the Communist Party (ISTPART) was formed in 1918 as an archive for documents of the October Revolution and the Civil War, as a department under the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks). The Lenin Institute and the Institute of Marx and Engels were separately founded soon after the Revolution. In 1928 the two were merged as the Institute of Marx-Engels-Lenin (IMEL) and the collections of the ISTPART were transferred to IMEL.

The IMEL Archive was initially concentrated on personal papers rather than official papers. For example the Molotov papers were donated by his widow, the Inez Armand papers were received from one of Armand's French relatives. The Institute also purchased papers associated with the key figures of the world communist movement in auctions and private sales outside Russia and received confiscated papers of purged Party leaders.

In 1978 it was decided to transfer Central Committee papers for the years up to and including the XIXth Party Congress (1952) from the working archive General Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. It has been a research archive for some decades, though until 1991 it was accessible only to senior members of the Communist Party pursuing approved research. In addition to the personal papers of all the major figures of Soviet history (e.g. Lenin, Stalin, Molotov, Kalinin, Lunacharskii, Kollontai) the documents on the history of the Soviet Party fall into the following groups:

1. Working papers of the Central Committee and its subordinate departments, sections and commissions before 1952, from Politburo level down to specialist departments and commissions.
2. Papers of Party conferences and congresses and membership censuses.
3. Papers of various socialist parties and factions.
4. Papers of the editorial boards of Central Committee newspapers and journals.
5. Papers of state organs under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Committee and of Party organisations within state organs.

Since the Communist Party played a leading role in all aspects of political, economic and social organisation, the Politburo was also at the apex of decision making of the Soviet State. Heads of major state institutions were also members of the Politburo. For example M. I. Kalinin was both a candidate member and member of the Politburo as well as chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the USSR (1923-1938) and of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1938-1946); all the chairmen of the Council of People's Commissars (later Council of Ministers) of the USSR (1923-1991) were also Politburo members. That is one of the reasons why the materials in RTsKhIDNI and TsKhSD relate closely to material in GARF.


Russian archives subdivide their holdings into fondy, opisi and dela according to the following scheme:


The term fond roughly corresponds to the term collection or record group. Each fond is divided into opisi (opis=singular, opisi=plural) or records series. The material in each opis is linked by date or subject or both. Each opis contains between one and several thousand dela (delo=singular, dela=plural) or files, with 150 dela being the average. It should be noted, however, that there is an important difference between the classification of Central Committee material in RTsKhIDNI and TsKhSD. RTsKhIDNI unites all Party bodies controlled directly by the Central Committee in a single fond (no. 17), whereas TsKhSD assigns a separate fond number to each. Thus in RTsKhIDNI the Secretariat of the Central Committee is classed as fond 17, opisi nos. 4, 112-119, whereas in TsKhSD the Secretariat papers are catalogued under fond 4; the papers of the General Department of the Central Committee are held in fond 5 in TsKhSD, whereas in RTsKhIDNI they can be found in opis nos. 65, 66 and 96 of fond 17.


The selection of material for filming is based on two criteria. Priority is given to the records of the highest policy-making organs of the Communist Party. Secondly, the project is filming record series or fondy in their entirety, without selecting documents from different fondy on the basis of the documents' content.

None of the archives described above has, as yet, detailed printed guides to their collections. Both GARF and RTsKhIDNI have now produced printed guides, but they describe materials only at the fondy or opisi level. TsKhSD does not yet have a full catalogue of its collections. Moreover, no printed catalogue could contain the wealth of detail that the opisi contain. The Editorial Board felt that scholars should receive as soon as possible a comprehensive overview of the holdings. Eleven finding aids of de-classified holdings documenting the activities of the Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet State have been selected for filming.

a) Finding aids

The Russian term for finding aids - opisi - is, somewhat confusingly, identical to the term describing the first subdivision level of a fond.

The finding aids are usually introduced by information about the organisation or person which is the subject of a given collection. The information in the opisi themselves depends on the nature of the material contained in the collection. Opisi for working documents of central organisations, such as the protocols of the Politburo, contain only information about dates of sessions and numbers of pages in each protocol. In the case of protocols of subdivisions, such as subcommissions, the opisi are more informative, giving a general idea of the questions discussed.

Opisi for all other types of collections are far more detailed, providing information about the date and provenance of the material in a given collection, together with an abstract of the documents filed. For example fond 558 is a collection of documents written by or about Stalin and gathered as part of the preparations for a celebratory edition of his works. The catalogue entry for delo 3162 in opis 1 is a letter from Stalin to Georgii Dimitrov, then General Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Comintern. The opis tells us that the document was transferred to the fond in December 1945 from the papers of the secretariat (office) of G. M. Dmitrov, that it is an autograph in red ink dated 25 October 1934, and that it has 3 folios. The contents are summarised as follows: 'Letter to G. M. Dimitrov informing him of Stalin's ideas about a review of Comintern's working methods and organisation, with address on envelope'.

b) Documents

The NKVD fond in GARF contains nearly 5 million pages on the work of this organisation from 1917 to 1930. The NKVD is known primarily as 'Stalin's secret police', but such a description does not do justice to the extraordinary scope of the organisation's jurisdiction. The NKVD papers provide information about virtually every aspect of the life of Soviet society. The NKVD oversaw the work of local Soviets, and therefore the fond contains protocols of these organisations. Through its registration bureaux the NKVD collected materials on the issuing of passports for travel abroad, permissions for marriages between Soviet and foreign nationals, applications for Soviet citizenship, changes of name and marital status. Its policing duties including supervision of prisons, labour camps, constructions sites using forced labour, as well as the better-known counter-revolutionary and counter-intelligence duties.

The reasons for the selection of materials from the Party archives will be evident from figures 1 and 2 above. It should be noted that the materials show not only the decision- making process from above, whether through the work of the Congresses or the Central Committee, but also from below, in the reports that were received by the Central Committee as well as in the materials of the Central Control Commission, which supervised the lives of Party members in minute detail, from their political convictions to their private lives.


All the material microfilmed under the present project has been de-classified in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation. Where a fond or opis contains material that has not yet been de-classified, this is stated in the list of microfilms and in a target on the microfilm itself. Material de-classified at a later date will be added to the series as it becomes available.


The Editor owes a debt of gratitude not only to Rosarkhiv and the directors of the three archives, but also to the archivists who have generously provided the information on which this catalogue is based. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Liudmilla Kosheleva and Mrs Larissa Rogovaia of RTsKhIDNI, Mr. Ivan Shevchuk of TsKhSD and Mr. Evgenii Lunacharskii and Mr. Oleg Nitseevskii of GARF. I would also like to thank Mrs Natalia Volkova, who provided the original translations of most of the 2,800 titles listed in this catalogue.

Dr Jana Howlett
Jesus College

March 1995


This catalogue provides separate lists of the opisi (finding aids) and dela (files of documents) so far published on microfilm for each archive in the following order: TsKhSD, RTsKhIDNI and GARF (two sites). They total 2,450 microfilm reels - 450 reels of finding aids and 2,000 reels of documents. These figures will increase in future editions of the catalogue as more documents are declassified and more microfilming is completed.

For each archive, the titles of the collections for which the finding aids are so far available are listed in fond number order. The reference numbers of the microfilm reels on which the finding aids appear are given in the right-hand column. These are the numbers which should be used when ordering a selection of reels rather than the complete finding aids collection.

As any student of Soviet institutions will be well aware, they frequently changed their names. Because of the demands of space the present catalogue usually gives only one or two of the names of an organisation (e.g. NKVD/MVD). The transliteration of the English titles follows the Library of Congress system. The English titles for well-known organisations such as the NKVD - translated in various Western books as People's Commissariat of the Interior, for the Interior, of Interior Affairs, of Internal Security etc - follow, wherever possible, the most accurate and common usage.

The dates provided for each organisation are the dates of the oldest and most recent documents in the collection, not the dates of the existence of the organisation.

In many cases the finding aids for several collections are published on the same reel, whilst in the case of some large collections the finding aids occupy a number of reels. For instance, on page 3, the finding aids for RTsKhIDNI fond 2 Ul'ianov, V.I. (Lenin) 1881- 1923 are on 12 reels and those of fond 17 Central Committee of the CP 1898-1991 on 17 reels; whereas the finding aids for thirty-five smaller collections, starting with fond 24, are on a single reel (2.38).

When any of the documents belonging to a fond have been filmed already, as well as the finding aids, there is an asterisk * on the left of the fond title. The details of the files of documents filmed then follow the finding aids listing for each archive.

The files of nine key figures of the Revolution have been filmed and published by Chadwyck-Healey in a separate collection, Leaders of the Russian Revolution. These are clearly noticed in the RTsKhIDNI finding aids listing.


A Administration
AKFD Archive of film and photographic documents 
ASSR Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic 
CA  Central board 
CB  Central bureau 
CC Central committee
Cominform  Information bureau of communist and workers? parties 
CP Communist Party : RKP(b) or VKP(b) unless otherwise stated 
Detkomissia  VTsIK commission for improvement of the life of children 
DVR  Far-eastern republic 
EC Economic council 
Fedkomzem VTsIK federal committee for land
FK Federal committee
GARF State archive of the Russian Federation
GK State office 
GKO  State committee for defence
Glavarkhiv  Main administration for archives
Glavlit  MA for the protection of state secrets in the press, Sovmin USSR 
Gosizdat  State publishing house
Goskomizdat  State committee for publishing houses
Goskomtrud  State committee for work and pay
Gosplan  State planning committee 
Gosstroi  State committee for construction
GT State trust
GU Main Administration
GUGB Main Administration for State Security 
IMEL Institute of Marx-Engels-Lenin 
KIM  Communist International of Youth 
KPK  Committee for Party Control
KPSS Communist Party of the Soviet Union 
KSK Committee for Soviet Control 
KVZhD  China-East railway 
MA Main administration
MCA  Main construction administration 
MGB  Ministry of State Security 
MID  Ministry of foreign affairs
MOPR International organization for aid to revolutionaries
MRC  Military-Revolutionary Council 
MTA  Main territorial administration 
MVD  Ministry of Internal Affairs 
Narkomat  People’s commissariat 
Narkomfin People’s Commissariat of finance
Narkomiust  People’s Commissariat of justice
Narkomnats  People’s Commissariat for nationalities 
Narkompros People’s Commissariat of education
Narkomtrud People’s Commissariat of labour
NII Research institute 
NKID People’s Commissariat of foreign affairs 
NKRKI/Rabkrin  People’s Commissariat of worker-peasant inspection 
NKVD People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs 
OB Orgburo
OGPU United State Political Administration
OO Extraordinary department 
OP Osobaia papka
OS Extraordinary sector 
PA Political administration 
PB Politburo
POW  Prisoner/s of war
RCE  Republic-level committee 
RK Republic-level office
RKP(b) Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) 
RRS  Russian republic council 
RSDRP  Russian social-democratic workers party
RT Republic-level trust 
RTsKhIDNI Russian Centre for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History
RU Regional administration
SC State committee
SCS  Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
SD Social-democrat party and its members
SNKh Council for national economy 
Soviet (n)  Council of Workers? and Soldiers? Deputies
Sovinformburo  Soviet information bureau, USSR Sovmin 
Sovmin Council of ministers 
Sovnarkom Council of People’s Commissars
SR Socialist revolutionary party and its members
SS Secret section 
SSR  Soviet Socialist Republic
ST Secretariat
STO  Sovnarkom labour and defence council 
TASS USSR Telegraph Agency
TsGANKh  Central state archive of the national economy
TsGAOR USSR central state archive of the October revolution, organs of state and administration 
TsGIA  Central historical archive 
TsIK Central executive committee 
TsK  Central Committee
TsKhSD Centre for the preservation of contemporary documentation
TsKK Central Control Commission 
Turkomburo  VTsIK and Sovnarkom bureau for Turkestan
UD Administration of affairs 
UkSSR  Ukranian Soviet Socialist Republic 
VChK All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for combatting counter-revolution and sabotage
VIKZhEL  All-Union executive committee of railway trade unions
VKP(b)  All-Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) 
VOKS  All-Union society for cultural links with foreign countries
VSNKh  Supreme Council for National Economy 
VTsIK  All-Russian central executive committee
VTsSPS All-Russian central council of trade unions


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