The Russia/Soviet/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) collection is one of the world's great scholarly resources for the study of this area in the twentieth century and contains some of the most important holdings of the Hoover Institution. Geographically it includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Subject areas include twentieth-century history, politics, government, economics, military affairs, and political and social movements, especially the Russian Revolution and communism.
The collection endeavors to gather and preserve documentation within its subject and geographic areas, including monographs, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, government documents, ephemera, manuscript collections (such as personal papers and organizational records), films, posters, photographs, and maps. The majority of the collected materials are in Russian; however, materials can be found in all the languages of the CIS states, as well as in most Western languages.
Anatol Shmelev is a research fellow, curator of the Russian and Commonwealth of Independent State Collection, and the project archivist for the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Collection, all at the Hoover Institution.
Because Shmelev’s expertise is in twentieth-century Russian history, specializing in the Russian Civil War, he is principally responsible for acquiring Russian archival materials.
He is also the author of Tracking a Diaspora: Emigres from Russia and Eastern Europe in the Repositories and has published articles in Revolutionary Russia, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, and other journals.
Shmelev received his PhD from the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1996; his dissertation was on the foreign policy of the Siberian government during the Russian Civil War.