10 Sep 2021 16:23

Russian Historical Society, Interfax agree to cooperate on historical projects

The Russian Historical Society and the Interfax news agency are set to develop cooperation on various historical and archive projects.

In particular, the society has expressed readiness to provide scientific, methodological, and information assistance to Interfax in the course of the "Timeline of the Last Days of USSR. This Day 30 Years Ago" project.

Russian Historical Society Chairman Sergei Naryshkin said in a letter to Interfax that "the 30th anniversary of modern Russian statehood is a priority area of the activity of the Russian Historical Society."

The goal of Interfax's project, "Timeline of the Last Days of USSR. This Day 30 Years Ago," is to reconstruct as fully as possible the timeline of the last few months of 1991 and to give everyone interested in understanding the historical processes of that period the opportunity to study and analyze the events that led to and accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the new Russian state.

Interfax news dating back 30 years, eyewitness accounts, abstracts from the memoirs of politicians, reports from leading foreign media outlets, and little-known documents have been published on the interfax.ru/30years website since the middle of August.

"For our agency - the first independent agency founded in the USSR in 1989 - those life-changing days were kind of a test of strength and commitment to the chosen path," Interfax General Director Mikhail Komissar said. "By a twist of fate, many of our journalists not only found themselves in the thick of historical events, but also covered those events in detail and provided our subscribers all over the world with complete and practically exclusive information. It is of paramount importance to us that such an esteemed organization as the Russian Historical Society has paid attention to our project and has given consent to interact with it."

The Russian Historical Society was reinstated on June 20, 2012, consistent with the traditions of the pre-revolution Imperial Russian Historical Society that operated between 1866 and 1920. It was founded by 27 leading Russian educational, scientific, and cultural establishments, including the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, MGIMO, the State Historical Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage, the Russian State Library, and many others.

The goal of the Russian Historical Society is to combine the efforts of society, the state, scientists, and history buffs toward forming an all-Russian historical culture on the basis of impartial studies, coverage, and popularization of Russian and world history and preserving national memory.