Council of Ministers of the Russian Government: Minute Books (18 November 1918 — 3 January 1920). Collection of documents

  • Council of Ministers of the Russian Government: Minute Books (18 November 1918 — 3 January 1920). Collection of documents / Contributor and science editor V. I. Shishkin. Novosibirsk: Publishing House of RAS SD, 2016. Volume 1. 748 p.
  • Council of Ministers of the Russian Government: Minute Books (18 November 1918 — 3 January 1920). Collection of documents / Contributor and science editor V. I. Shishkin. Novosibirsk: Publishing House of RAS SD, 2016. Volume 2. 734 p.

The Publishing House of the Siberian Branch of the RAS published a two-volume collection of documents titled «Council of Ministers of the Russian Government: Minute Books (18 November 1918 — 3 January 1920)» (compiler and scientific editor Vladimir Shishkin). The edition is a continuation of the collection of documents and materials entitled «Provisional Siberian Government (26 May — 3 November 1918)» (compiler and scientific editor Vladimir Shishkin. Novosibirsk, 2007. 818 pp.) and «All-Russian Provisional Government (23 September — 18 November 1918)» (compiler and scientific editor Vladimir Shishkin. Novosibirsk, 2010. 362 pp.). Thus, the present volume completes the series of documentary publications containing key information about the highest state authority of the counter-revolution in the East of Russia during the Civil War.

The publication contains every single minutes of open to the public, closed to the public and secret meetings of the Council of Ministers of the Russian government, which have been preserved in the State Archive of the Russian Federation and discovered in the process of our research. The collection includes 303 documents. Each minutes has the exact title, its own serial number, date and contains the information about the particular person who presided over the meeting and the participants indicating their administrative position, information on the matters discussed at the meeting and decisions made on the basis of the discussions. In cases where the decision of the Council of Ministers was not unanimous, the dissenting opinion contains or protest were also preserved in the records. Each session ends with the information about persons who had signed it. The text of each document published in the book is accompanied by a legend containing the information about the place of storage (the name of the archive, the number of fund, inventory, folder and leaf / leaves), about the way of its reproduction and authenticity (original, copy).

The minutes are commented of fairly well. These comments contain information of biographical nature of the state, political, military and public figures of counter-revolution of different levels and ranks and provide explanations on specific events and facts. We’ve paid particular attention to compilation of biographies of the people whose names are mentioned in the published documents, because without the knowledge about their lives – family, education, party and political views, administrative or business career it is often impossible to understand their position, the reaction to the events, the choices made, their behavior and individual actions.

To sum up, the text of minutes of the Council of Ministers and our comments to them describe fully and accurately the scope of authority and the structure of the Council of Ministers, its relationship with the Supreme Ruler Admiral A.V. Kolchak, give an idea of the complexity of the formation and composition of the executive body of the Council of Ministers, covers the basic principles of its domestic and foreign policy, the main directions and results of operations, provide an objective perspective on the role and place of the Russian government in the camp of counter-revolution in the history of the Civil War in Russia.

The logo of the Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation (RHSF) and the following references are available on the copyright page: «The edition was prepared with the financial support of the Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation, research project No. 11-01-00222 а. The edition was published with the financial support of the Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation, research project No. 15-01-16503 d1».