The following is meant to eventually grow into a more or less complete guide to Russian government, with entries developed from the government's own websites. 

Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication (MinCult)

The Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications is a federal executive body responsible for the development of state policy and normative legal regulations in the sphere of culture, art, cinematography, archiving, mass media and mass communications, and concerning interethnic relations. Culture, in Russian, is a very broad word which can encompass everything from art and theatre to sports and tourism.  

The Ministry may propose laws concerning the following issues: culture, the arts, cinematography, historical and cultural heritage, mass media and mass communications, television and radio broadcasting, the development of computer networks for most media-related fields, polygraph technology, and others. The ministry is also charged with regulating "international cooperation on issues of culture and information as well as interethnic relations."
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Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography

The Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography is a subsection of the Ministry of Culture. 

The agency's main function is to manage government funds in the following areas:

  1. Conducting state historical and cultural examinations concerning objects of cultural heritage, estimating the cultural value of historical and cultural items (including weapons and ammunition) which have been detained or confiscated.
  2. Preserving and restoring museum collections included in the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation. (There is a non-state part of this fund, with its own regulations.)
  3. Storing original reels of national films;
  4. Creating co-operative library systems, information networks, a central library catalogue, and modern security systems within state museums and libraries;
  5. Maintaining a state register of objects of cultural heritage, the state vaults of priceless cultural artifacts (known as the "Depozitariem"), maintaining the State Catalogue of the Museum Fund, the State Catalogue of Film, and an electronic database of all art moved due to WWII and currently considered to be part of Russia's cultural heritage.
  6. Investigating museums or organizations using state property or funds from the Museum Fund. The agency has authority over those collections, artifacts, and organizations.
  7. Other Powers: May transfer personal or religious property deemed to be of cultural value to its own possession; certifies films made in Russia or brought into Russia; seeks restitution for cultural items lost or damaged in war; determines which cultural collections may be bought, sold, or exported; decides disputes between religious/historical claims on objects and monuments.


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