The national publishing system to be launched in Russia


The national publishing system to replace the western software is to be started out based on Axiocat, Russian editorial-and-publishing system, two confidants in Russian large publishing houses confirmed.

Vladimir Grigoryev, Director of Government Support of Periodicals and Book Industry Department of the Ministry for Digital Technology, Communication and Mass Media, told the newspaper that Axiocat had to be upgraded at the price of 60-65 mln rubles. The upgraded projects have been already approved by the Government Commission for Digital Development, and the application for funding has been already submitted to Skolkovo Foundation.

As reported, during the project discussions with market players, the spokesman of Axiosoft Company said that the government funding was to cover 80% of upgrade expenses, while the remaining 20% were suggested to be co-funded by publishers’ that would join the initiative group. Co-funding publishers’ will get the opportunity to buy the end product at 20% commercial cost. The national publishing system is planned to be commenced in the second quarter 2024.


Source: Vedomosti

The Association of Presidential libraries to be established in St.-Petersburg


On December 12, the protocol of intent for establishing Presidential Libraries Association is to be signed. Such organization of the international status is set up for the first time in the history.

The document is to be signed by the heads of: B. Yeltsin Presidential Library of Presidential Administration, Presidential Library of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Republic and The Library of the First President (Elbasy) of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2022, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations  between Russia and Kazakhstan, Russia and Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The Association’s mission is to develop information and bibliographic support of government authorities and administrations, international cooperation in science, education and culture, and to provide widest access to the global cultural heritage.



The Literature Institute to develop the professional standard for writers


On November 25, 2022, A. M. Gorky Literature Institute, through the financial support of the Ministry for Digital Development, Communication and Mass Media, is to hold the round table «Highlights of the legal regulation of labor relations in literature activities» related to the development of «The Writer» professional standard.

Writer Aleksey N. Varlamov, Dr. Sc. in Philology, Rector of the Literature Institute, is to head the Working Group. The Round Table will gather writers, critics, journalists, literature web-portal editors-in-chief.

At the Round Table, the professional community of writers, All-Russian and regional writers organizations will discuss the advisability of developing professional standard for writers, global experience of writer-employer relations, and raising the issue in the society.


Source: Literature Institute Press Service

All-Russian action Biblionight-2022 to be held on May 28


May 28 will be the date of the annual All-Russian action to support reading – Biblionight-2022, Olga Lyubimova, RF Minister of Culture informed.

The first Biblionight was held in 2012. The goal was to attract attention to reading, libraries, books. Today, it is the eleventh Biblionight that will unite the efforts of libraries, literary museums, bookstores and cultural centers all over the country. Once again, the readers will partake in a varied program, e.g. master classes, lectures, excursions, meet-the-artist sessions, performances, and even book fairs. Traditionally the complete bill is to be published on website.


Source: Rossijskaia Gazeta

The State Duma approved in the first reading the draft law on transfer of Russian Book Chamber’s operatorship to the Russian State Library


On March 10, 2022, at its plenary meeting, the State Duma approved in the first reading the draft federal law “On amending the Federal Law «On the document mandatory copy» drafted by the RF Ministry of Culture. The draft law envisages partial transfer of functions of the Russian Book Chamber to the Russian State Library. The amendments are made at the level of delivery of the mandatory copies of printed publications, media products, responsibilities of organizations administering centralized mandatory deposit of phonograms and video films, and permanent deposit of federal copies.
As RF Deputy Culture Minister, Olga Yarilova says, today the functions of the Russian Book Chamber have been mastered by ITAR-TASS which not fully correspondы with the mission of the information telegraph agency, as well as by the Russian State Library. The mandatory deposit comprises acquisition, control, and permanent deposit of printed documents, printed documents in digital formats, unpublished documents (dissertations), phonograms, and video films.
Yarilova also says that this optimization is intended to eliminate the «two-stop-shop» system when mandatory copy providers forward mandatory copies of printed publications in digital forms both to the Russian Book Chamber and Russian State Library, and to establish the more efficient «one-stop-shop» system.


Source: Book Industry journal

Ministry for Digital Technology, Communication and Mass Media of the Russian Federation to develop supporting measures for mass media and book industry


The Ministry for Digital Development, Communication and Mass Media of the Russian Federation has been developing the measures to support television and radio broadcasting, printed and Internet-based mass media, printing houses, book industries and distributor, as the ministerial press service informed Interfax on Tuesday. These efforts are taken in collaboration with leading mass media companies and public organizations. The proposals are to be approved by the government commission for sustainable economic development under the sanctions chaired by Premier Mikhail Mishustin.
«Today, the cumulated proposals (including those submitted by the colleagues in the Russian Space Systems) are processed by the ministerial experts have consolidated and forwarded them to the financial and economic cabinet to be agreed upon», – the press service informs.


Source: Interfax