Free Archives

Welcome to Russian Archives Online

Here, you will find collections of Russian archival collections of photographs and films, audio, clips and transcripts from the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and many more.
All of these archives are free for public viewing.
Visit the Gallery, and try a search or two in our image catalogues.

Professional licensing for production

For media professionals, our extensive film and photo catalogues are available for preview and purchase for use in your next project. Production quality versions can be acquired by contacting RAO, and we will work with our archive partners to get you just the right footage you need.

For more details, see the licensing information page.Let us know what you think -- we want RAO to be the place to go for Russian images.

An overview of what you will find on RAO

  • The Archives provides in-depth background information on the Russian archives and other collections available on RAO.
  • Catalogues is where you can find searchable databases or page collections for many of the RAO archives. Note that the image catalogues are continually growing with entries added monthly.
  • Russian History Online is an online history course sponsored by Moscow University, the University of Texas and Abamedia, LC. The first results of this partnership, The Krushchev Years, is now online.