From the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (RGANI)
Created in 1991, the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (RGANI) is the archive of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), the governing body of the USSR.
Series 1: Department for Relations with Foreign Communist Parties (International Department), 1953-1957
The files of the International Department of the CC document Soviet foreign policy decision-making during the time of Nikita Khrushchev's consolidation of power. During this critical period, the Central Committee endured not only a turbulent struggle for leadership following the death of Stalin but faced crises in East Germany, Poland and Hungary, as well as confrontation with the West in Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe.
Series 2: The General Department of the Central Committee, 1953-1966
The collection covers the years from Stalin's death through the Khrushchev era and into the first years of the Brezhnev regime and contains the reports, memoranda, agendas and records of deliberation involving a broad range of Soviet policy.
Series 3: Congresses of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1955-1986
Fond 2, Opsi 1,3, 5
This collection contains the full records of the Party Congresses of the CPSU from 1955 through 1986.
196 reels and 701 fiche
Series 4: Plenums of the Central Committee of the CPSU, 1941-1990
Fond 1, opisi 2-9
This collection documents the plenums of the Central Committee of the CPSU from the Stalin era until the demise of the Soviet Union.
Opus 1 contains the records of the plenums of the Central Committee from 1941 to 1966. Opus 3 documents those between 1966 and 1986, and Opus 5 covers the years of Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership, 1986-1990.
181 reels and 656 fiche