Licensing & Research Requests
RAO is the official international licensing agent for the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk (RGAKFD), the Russian State Archive of Scientific & Technical Documents (RGANTD) and the Russian Information Agency Novosti. We also can assist with requests involving other Russian archives so please do inquire.
RAO's online catalogues cover less than a quarter of the images available from the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive. We are continually adding to these catalogues, but don't despair if you had no luck with your search terms - we will work with you to find what you are looking for.
For commercial/professional licensing inquires please first review RAO's licensing policies on this page, then fill out the license request form.
If you wish, you can open the popup version of the form - it will open in its own window, making it easier to copy/paste catalogue numbers into the form.
If you have any special requests or have found catalogue entries which correspond to your topic, please enter them in the fields below. If your browser does not work with forms, please email your request to us, or call toll free 1-888-237-9860.
Note to our public users: RAO currently does not license, sell, or otherwise distribute images for personal use. Please enjoy our online exhibits and we hope to be able to offer a selection of Russian images for sale in the future.
Licensing Policies: The Details
Archive Media Project (AMP) is a Russian-American Limited Partnership formed in 1995 with the assistance of a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) media development grant to provide for digital cataloguing, international access and licensing for the Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk. AMP is the official international licensing representative for the Krasnogorsk Archive and also represents the Russian State Archive of Scientific and Technical Documents. Licensing arrangements with other Russian archives can often be made for clients requiring images outside of these archives.
Please note that Hoover Institution materials are not licensable through RAO.
Note:All image licenses come directly from the state archives.
For pricing details, please contact us via our license request form (as described above) in regards to your project or call toll free 1-888-237-9860.
Payment in advance is required for research, viewing copies, and licensing. The Archive will not make any masters available unless license fees are paid -- licensors cannot order excess footage and pay only for footage used in their production.
Copy of final edited production master utilizing licensed footage use is required within 1 month of broadcast or other exhibition.