Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Russian Archives Online?
A. Russian Archives Online (RAO) is an online collection of Russian and Soviet-related Archives and other sources of film footage, photographs, illustrations and audio along with supporting documents and text.
Q. How can I browse through the collection?
A. Currently, there are a few ways one can browse through the collection. Firstly, you'll notice the Photo Samples page of the website. There you'll find hand picked selections from the archives that our staff found particularly interesting and thought you would too. This is to give you a sense of what kinds of things are in our exclusive collection.
Q. Why can't I view any of the films I find in the catalogue?
A. We are currently working with the Russian government to get as many films as possible streaming online. This is a delicate and time intensive process that requires cooperation from all parties involved. We are pleased to say we are making a great deal of progress and it won't be long before our dream becomes a reality.
Q. I can't read this! It's all in Russian!
A. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you're trying to search one of our Russian language databases and can't even read the search fields, Google's Translation Tools are very helpful and work surprisingly well. We are in the process of making the searchable databases more English friendly.
Q. I found what I wanted. Now what?
A. Please fill out a licensing request form and let us know which catalogue entries your interested in. Our staff will then get in touch with you and work to make sure you have a positive experience. We're sure you'll be pleased with our content.