Past webinars

The list of upcoming webinars is available on the relevant page.



Calendars in the Presidential Library’s collections: types, kinds and their features


International Polar Year: origins, expeditions, results


Russo-Turkish War 1877-78




Encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference books (subject and woldwide)


Coronation celebrations in Russia


The image of the Arctic and Antarctic in diaries and memoirs


Archive repository of the State Duma of the Russian Empire




The Decembrist Uprising


The Golden Age of Catherine II


Anatoly Koni


Development of rail transport in Russia


Ivan the Terrible


Alexander Nevsky


The Golden Ring of Russia


The history of local governance in Russia


Architecture: History, Theory, Practice


The main battles of the Northern War


Rus’ and Byzantium. History of Relations



Establishment of the Order of St. George


Maps and plans in the Presidential Library’s collections


Mikhail Lermontov (205th anniversary of the birth)


Ivan Betskoy and the reform of Russian education


Nikolay Przhevalsky and other explorers of the Central Asia


Sergey Witte (170th anniversary of the birth)


Foreigners in Russia


Commemorating 90 years since the launch of the “Library Campaign”


Russian America (Commemorating the 220th anniversary of the foundation of the Russian-American Company)


Sacred Sites of Russia


The Russian State Historical Archive, fonds 577: The Main Redemption Institution

On February 19 (March 3), 1861, one of the greatest reforms of Emperor Alexander II was proclaimed in the Manifesto on the abolition of serfdom. The serfs moved to the position of "temporarily obliged" and were forced to pay a rent for the use of land until the redemption transaction. Materials of redemption transactions, statutes and other documents related to the abolition of serfdom were featured in the Collection 577 of the Main Redemption Institution of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian State Historical Archive. This webinar will be devoted to the materials of this collection, as well as its history and structure.


Commemorating the centenary of the Comintern

The centenary of the First Congress of the Communist International (March 2-6, 1919) will be marked in March 2019. Materials from the collections of the Presidential Library will give an insight into the preconditions for the foundation of this organization and the milestones in its history. Studies focused on the emergence of international associations of workers' organizations, the First and Second Internationals, as well as the works and addresses of the leaders of the Comintern and delegates to the congresses, periodicals and other documents, related to the activities of the Communist International, will be presented at the webinar.


Dmitri Mendeleev (185th anniversary of birth)

The 185th anniversary of the birth of Dmitri Mendeleev, the great Russian scientist-polymath, professor, and Corresponding Member of the Imperial St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, will be marked in 2019.

Dmitri Mendeleev is best known for his discovery of the periodic law of chemical elements, but the range of his scientific interests was far wider. He carried out research in the fields of physics, meteorology, geology, instrument design, economics and even aeronautics.

Materials from the collections of the Presidential Library will cast light on the life, world view and scientific interests of this extraordinary person. Researcher’s works covering various fields of science, the draft of the periodic system, as well as letters, notes and other materials will be presented at the webinar.


Theatre in Russia

In accordance with the Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation, 2019 has been declared the Year of Theater in Russia. It aims to carry on and popularize national theatrical traditions; make the highlights of the art of theatre available to people living in different cities and towns, and further develop the theatre. Materials from the collections of the Presidential Library will shed light on the origins and development of the theater, the history of this spectacular art in Russia during the 17th - 18th centuries, foundation of the first public theater in Yaroslavl, and the activities of major theaters in Russia. Books written by music and theater critics, folklorists and art historians, documents from the collections of the Directorate of Imperial Theaters of the Ministry of the Imperial Court, photographs of celebrated actors, to mention but a few, will be presented at the webinar "Theater in Russia”.




Legal information in the Presidential Library’s collections

One of the basic thematic areas of the Presidential Library’s collections are documents on the history and theory of law – written sources of law, works of Russian lawyers, legal documents and codes, educational materials, which cast light on the momentous events in the history of Russian state in respect of law, development of the science of law. A variety of historical documents and current legal materials will be presented at the webinar.


Multinational Russia

There are about 200 peoples and ethnic groups living in modern Russia. They speak different languages, have particular material and spiritual culture, and follow different faiths. Russia is a centuries-old communal state that unites peoples, who share a common history. Russian people – is one of the thematic areas of the Presidential Library’s collections. Both scientific and popular scientific monographs, dissertations and dissertation abstracts, periodicals, visual materials, and newsreels will be presented at the webinar.


Archival materials at the Presidential Library: composition, search, presentation

Half of the collections of the Presidential Library are archival documents. The webinar will highlight the process of building archival collections and their composition. Specific examples will illustrate search algorithms of the Presidential Library’s Electronic Reading Room.


Russian round-the-world voyages

215 years ago members of the first Russian round-the-world expedition began a long voyage. Sailors, servicemen and scientists, who removed a number of nonexistent islands from the map and detailed the location of existing ones, made a major contribution to the geographical science. Unique materials of the Presidential Library’s collections will cast light on the first journey around the world led by I. F. Krusenstern and Yu. F. Lisyansky, further geographical explorations undertaken by Russian discoverers, and the history of the beginning of interstate relations between Russia and other countries in the 18th – 19th centuries.


The nature reserves of Russia

October 14 is the Day of Nature Reserve Workers, which aims to draw public attention to this field of activity and the problem of preservation of natural resources. This holiday is intended to prove that wildlife is the national pride, therefore we need to make every effort to stop its systematic destruction. Materials about nature reserves in Russia, archival papers, video materials and photographs will be presented at the webinar.


Scientific periodicals

Scientific periodicals present the results of work of scientists and researchers and serve as one of the main sources of scientific information. Scientific periodicals are in the spotlight of this webinar. The Presidential Library houses a wide variety of such periodicals: various bulletins, transactions and proceedings of academic institutions, commissions, and societies.


The Legacy of S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky (marking the 155th anniversary of the birth)

Sergey Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky - a scientist, inventor, one of the pioneers of color photography in Russia was born on August 30, 1863. Being the first in Russia to propose his own method of obtaining a color image, it was he who left behind photographs showing the vast lands of Russia at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. His legacy of undoubted artworks was created not with brushes and paints, but by using a camera. Photographs, along with articles, archival materials and videos will cast light on the works of the great master, his contribution to the preservation of images of the age-old culture of the Motherland.


Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin (marking the 275th anniversary of the birth)

During his lifetime Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin was not only a renowned poet, but also a successful statesman, the governor of two regions and the Minister of Justice of the Russian Empire. Biographies, memoirs, archival documents and papers will give an insight into his amazing life, quest for inspiration and his career as a statesman.


Russian folklore: sources and studies

The Slavic Friendship and Unity Day is celebrated on June 25 across the world. Original traditions, customs and rituals of the age-old culture of the Slavs have been handed down from generation to generation. Folklore as a folk poetic and oral folk art goes back to times immemorial, it laid the basis for the world artistic culture, became the source of national artistic traditions. Different works, monographs, essays, dissertations on Russian folklore, as well as books containing fairy tales, legends, songs, epics, and rhymed folk songs known as ‘chastushki’ of the peoples of Russia will be presented at the webinar.

Marking the Day of Slavic Literacy

Every year on May 24 the entire Slavic world remembers its first educators, Saints Cyril and Methodius. They invented the Slavic alphabet, translated the Bible and liturgical texts. Apart from the description of the life and works of the “brothers from Salonika”, there will be essays, chrestomathies, textual studies, ancient manuscripts - chronicles, church and liturgical books of the 11th-16th and other materials that will shed light on the history of the Cyrillic script.


Intellectual property protection: history and modern times

Ahead of the International Intellectual Property Day, which is celebrated annually on April 26, we are going to present materials that highlight the development of the theory and practice of legal regulation of intellectual property. Materials of the Presidential Library - monographs and essays, dissertations and dissertation abstracts, educational books and regulatory documents will give an insight into the history of emergence of the right to protection of results of creative activity and issues concerning intellectual property under the civil law.


Marking 405 years of the House of Romanovs

In 2018, the House of the Romanovs marks 405 years. This date is associated with the accession of Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov to the throne on June 11, 1613. The webinar will feature materials about the reign of the Romanov dynasty, beginning with the Zemsky Sobor of 1613 and ending with the abdication of Nicholas II in 1917.


Marking centenary of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

The webinar “Marking Centenary Anniversary of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk” is dedicated to the anniversary of the signing of a separate treaty that concluded the participation of Soviet Russia in World War I (1914-1918). The review will include archival cases covering the peace negotiations that began after the October Revolution, as well as numerous documents testifying at that time: telegrams of military and political leaders, transcripts of peace conference meetings, etc. In addition, books and brochures from the Presidential Library’s collections will be presented, expressing different points of view on the course, significance and results of the four military years, as well as the publication of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which became the largest foreign policy act of the young Soviet state.


The history of the prosecutor's office of Russia

The prosecutor's office was established by decree of Peter I in 1722 as a body supervising the state of law and order in the country. The webinar will consider an overview of the materials of the Presidential Library: archival sources, monographs, periodicals, dissertation research, which show how the organization, powers, and procedures of the prosecutor's office have been changed for nearly three centuries.



The history of the Russian Foreign Policy Establishment

The webinar considers the birth and further development of diplomatic relations of our country with other states. The history of the formation of embassies and diplomatic missions, the activities of prominent Russian diplomats, disagreements and interaction of countries in the international arena are revealed through authentic texts of international treaties, fragments of diplomatic correspondence, collections and historical essays, memorable postcards, photographs and video films.


Marking centenary anniversary of the October Revolution

1. Before October
2. Revolution

The united impulse of people who stood up under the red flags in October 1917 divided the life in the country between before and after. Consisting of two parts - “Before October” and “Revolution”, the webinar “Marking centenary anniversary of the October Revolution” will consistently reflect the entire chronological series of events, starting with the July unrest in Petrograd and ending with the uprising itself, its outcome and world reaction. Works, speeches and memoirs of the main instigators and revolutionaries, historical essays on the preparation, organization of the uprising, archival files from the fund of the Council of People’s Commissars of the RSFSR, minutes of meetings of the Petrograd Military Revolutionary Committee, graphic and photo materials will be featured.


Marking 60th anniversary of the launch of the first earth satellite vehicle of the Earth

The first earth satellite vehicle was launched into Earth orbit on October 4, 1957. With its conclusion to a near-earth orbit, the storming of the cosmos began, and the Russian word “satellite” spread all over the world and became international. The webinar presents materials about the origin of cosmonautics in the USSR and its development. Through unique books, photographs and other documents the history of the first steps in the space exploration, as well as the people who made it possible is revealed.


“It’s not for nothing that Russia remembers the day of Borodino” (marking 205th anniversary of the battle)

The webinar “It is not for nothing that Russia remembers the Day of Borodino” considers the largest and bloodiest battle of the Patriotic War of 1812. Through the materials of the Presidential Library’s’ collections, the entire chronology of events is built up - the development of a preparation plan for the battle, the course of the battle itself and its results, including an assessment of the actions of military leaders and the losses suffered. The scale of the famous battle recreates book essays, participants' memories, military maps, memorable postcards, photos of past battle sites, video films.


June 22 - Day of Remembrance and Grief

There is hardly a person in our country who does not know this date. The webinar "June 22 - Day of Remembrance and Grief" is timed to the day of the start of the Great Patriotic War. In addition to the fundamental works throughout the history of the war, it displays books on major battles, created on the basis of archival materials and personal memories of the participants, and military maps of individual battles. Documentary evidence of hostilities (directives on the creation of partisan detachments, personal thanks to the soldiers), campaign leaflets, appeals, and fiction about the war that became unquestionable classics are immersed in the atmosphere of the war years. The victorious chord is given by materials on the capture of Berlin in 1945 - the memoirs from the front-line notes of war correspondents, the “Declaration on the Defeat of Germany”.


Marking the International Children's Day

A child, unlike an adult, is most vulnerable in our society; protection of his personality requires constant attention, review and regulation of existing legal norms. The webinar “Marking the International Children's Day” brings together diverse materials related to the protection of childhood, education and upbringing, comprehensively revealing these problems. First of all, these are dissertations on the science of education, constitutional rights and freedoms of children in the Russian Federation, as well as books representing the learning process from two points of view - pupil and teacher: practical pedagogy courses and textbooks of the 19th century, and entertaining guides for children's reading, moralizing books. The history of children's upbringing and leisure is beautifully illustrated by the atlases for the youth of the 18th century and the ancient alphabets, the magazines Murzilka, Pioneer, Zateynik, familiar to every Soviet schoolchild.


Russian writers at civil service

State activity of famous Russian writers and poets - G. R. Derzhavin, V. A. Zhukovsky, A. S. Griboedov, A. K. Tolstoy, M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin - which differed not only in their literary talent, but also administrative talents, became the central theme of the webinar "Russian writers at civil service". Its main outline was made by book essays devoted to two sides of the biography of Russian classics - their literary activities and troubles in responsible positions; published correspondence, archival files from the Russian State Historical Archive and other documents. Rare documents fixing the main stages of the writer's career became an indisputable ornament - for example, the Formal list of the service of the poet Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky, with a record of participation in the Moscow militia of 1812.


History of theatrical performances in Russia

The modern dramatic art of performances and profound author's productions has grown out of fun and popular fun. The webinar “The History of Theatrical Performances in Russia” offers books written by music and theater critics, folklorists, art historians to recall the history of secular music and theatrical performances in Russia from the 11th century to the present. The review covers the era of skomorokh, the old theater in Russia of the XVII - XVIII centuries, the creation of the first public theater in Yaroslavl, the activities of individual major Russian theaters, and thus characterizes the cultural characteristics of theatrical and musical tradition in different regions of the country. The poetics and originality of cinema as a continuation, reincarnation of the theater in a new form is considered in theses on the creative heritage of early cinema and comes to life in black and white films created in the early 20th century.


Historiographer of Russia: N. M. Karamzin

The webinar “Historiographer of Russia: N. M. Karamzin” is dedicated to the life and work of N. M. Karamzin - a writer, traveler, historian. The materials reflecting the life of Karamzin from childhood to the last days of life, his relationship with the imperial family and entourage, work on literary and historical works are presented. Books on the life and work of N. M. Karamzin are on display; correspondence published on the pages of periodicals, as well as issued in separate editions; archival materials; dissertations on various aspects of the work of the historian.


Marking centenary anniversary of the February Revolution of 1917

One hundred years ago, in February 1917, a revolutionary overthrow occurred, putting an end to imperial Russia. The webinar dedicated to this turning point in the life of the country provides an overview of numerous historical sources characterizing the aggravation of political contradictions on the eve of the revolution, the situation on the fronts of World War I and in the rear, which led to an increase in internal tension in society. Of particular interest are the memories of participants and eyewitnesses to the revolutionary events (P. N. Milyukov, M. V. Rodzianko, A. F. Kerensky and others), archival materials (RGIA and the Russian Civil Aviation Authority), rare documentary photographs and stock footage.