Welcome to Russian Archives Online

RAO's extraordinary film and photo collections from premier Russian archives are available to preview and license to media professionals. Production quality versions are just a click or toll-free call away! We look forward to serving you.

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The historic collections of RAO’s archives contain a treasure trove of film and photo content from Russia and the fifteen republics of the former Soviet Union, including Soviet Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, Uzbek and many more. As always, all of our online archival materials may be viewed at no charge

  • The Archives: Peruse in-depth background information on the Russian archives and other collections available on RAO.

  • Search Catalogues: Explore searchable databases and page collections for two of the major RAO archives: The Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk (RGHAKFD) and The Russian State Archive of Scientific & Technical Documents, based in Moscow (RGANTD).