RAO and Archive Policies:

Payment in advance to RAO is required for research, viewing copies, and licensing. This is due to the fact that RAO archive sources will not make any masters available unless and until the license fees have been fully paid.

Licensors cannot order excess footage, and pay only for footage used in their production.

A copy of final edited production master utilizing the licensed footage is required to be submitted to RAO within one month of broadcast or other exhibition.


For pricing details, please contact us via Information Please or fill-in and submit the Licensing or Research Request form. Alternatively, you can call RAO toll-free in the U.S. at 1.888.237.9860, or outside the U.S. at 1.817.336.0777.

RAO Licensing

Russian Archives Online (“RAO”) began with a series of media development grants in 1996 that provided for digital cataloguing, international access and licensing for the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk (RGAKFD). Abamedia, through its subsidiary Archive Media Project (AMP) was designated as the official international licensing representative for the Krasnogorsk Archive. Today, RAO has longstanding relationships with many other premier Russian image archives (see The Archives). RAO clients can receive production quality licensed images from these collections as well as from Krasnogorsk. For a more detailed information, please go to About RAO.