Interfax: Comintern’s archive goes online

File Photo of Joseph Stalin and Sergei Kirov as Part of Group of Five, Next to Bust of Lenin, with Faces of Other Attendees Partially Blurred

MOSCOW. March 6 (Interfax) – The electronic archive of the Communist International (Comintern), with a database containing 1.5 million pages, has become available for free use on the Internet, says Andrei Artizov, the head of the Federal Archive Agency.

“In accordance with the agency’s decision, the new electronic archive resource was converted on a new electronic platform and is now available for free public use on the Soviet-era Documents website,” he told a press conference at the Interfax head office on Friday.

The archive of the communist organization, which was active from 1919 to 1943, contains several sets of documents, concerning, in particular, the Comintern congress, the Communist Party, the Red International of Trade Unions, and others. The archive also includes records of international organizations and brigades of the Spanish Republican Army.

Currently, the electronic database contains about 10% of all documents from the Comintern’s archive, the agency says on its website.