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Tsentral'nyi voenno-morskoi arkhiv (TsVMA)

[Central Naval Archive]

Agency: Arkhivnaia sluzhba Ministerstva oborony Rossiiskoi Federatsii
[Archival Service of the Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation]
General'nyi shtab Voenno-Morskogo RF (Genshtab VMF RF)
[General Staff of the Navy of Russian Federation]


Address: 188300, Leningradskaia oblast', Gatchina, Ekaterinverderskii [formerly Krasnoarmeiskii] prosp., 2; General Staff: 103175, Moscow, K-175
Telephone: (813-71) 139-93, 144-76
Hours: M-F 8:20-16:40
Chief: Igor' Vladimirovich Shchetin (tel. [813-71] 148-81)
Deputy Chief: Mikhail Alekseevich Levkin (tel. [813-71] 144-76)

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About TsVMA

Based in Gatchina since 1961 and subordinate to the Chief of the Navy General Staff, the Archive serves as the central repository for all post-1941 naval records. The Archive holds the records of central administrative agencies, fonds of the Navy General Staff, the Main Administration of the People's Commissariat of the Navy, and the Ministry of the Navy as well as those of staffs and commanders of fleets and flotillas, as well as various formations, military units, ships, and other institutions subordinate to them, all fleets and flotillas, naval units, research and educational institutions, naval ports, shipbuilding and other enterprises, and naval hydrographic and scientific expeditions, dating from 1941 to the present. The Archive is one of the largest repositories in the country for records of the World War II.


Access for Russian and foreign citizens requires a letter to the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Navy of the Armed Forces.

Between 1991 and 1999, inquiries and research arrangements for military archives under the Ministry of Defense were handled through the Historico-Archival and Military-Memorial Center of the General Staff of the Armed Forces [Istoriko-arkhivnyi i voenno-memorial'nyi tsentr General'nogo Shtaba Vooruzhennykh Sil RF] (1997-1999, renamed the Military History Center of the Armed Forces), but since 1999, arrangements are handled directly by individual archives, or (for foreigners) the Archival Service of the Ministry of Defense.

Declassification work is currently proceeding for some records through 1970, in accordance with regulations providing for increased access to files thirty years after their creation.

The archive maintains a large inquiry service (by letter or in person) for veterans needing official verification of records of their naval service.

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