Archives of St. Petersburg

The Memorial databank is a website of information about those who died

defending Russia during the Great Patriotic War and post-war period.  It

was founded by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in 2007.

The website contains up to 17 million digital copies of documents and 20

million personal record of the Red Army losses in the Great Patriotic War.

Access to the records is free and unlimited. Currently, there are the names

of one million war prisoners although German records indicate there were

over 5 million Soviet citizens in captivity. There are over 5 million

records for soldiers who died, went missing or became prisoners of war.  The

website does not require registration. 

Information includes: full name, birthdate, or birth year, place of birth,

date and place of recruitment, last place of service, military rank and

reason service ended. Records may be saved as .jpg or pdf's.  See:

The database is in Russian and for those of us who are not conversant in

Russian you will need to use a translation service such as google translate

For suggestions on how to use the database without knowing Russian see:

Original url:

The article in Lost Russian Family suggests after doing the above, to search

for relatives and ancestors in the website: Memory of the People: which is in Russian and


The Russian Military Archives provides a guide to this database in English,


If it opens in Russian click on the EN on upper right

This website also has more free databases. See:

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

MODERATOR NOTE: It appears that one may also easily access this database using

a tool on Steve Morse's One-Step website: