Library of Congress includes Rights in Russia in web archives

We are delighted to announce that on 17 April 2020 we were informed our website has been chosen for inclusion in the United States Library of Congress’ web archives. The Library of Congress wrote: ‘We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.’

Simon Cosgrove, chair of trustees of Rights in Russia, said: “This is fantastic recognition of our ten years’ work of creating a record in the English language of the lives and work of Russia’s human rights defenders. Thanks to all our volunteer translators this has been possible. And long may it continue!”

The e-mail from the Library of Congress is provided below.

To Whom It May Concern:

The United States Library of Congress has selected your website for inclusion in its web archives. We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.

The Library of Congress preserves important cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites. Our web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were “born digital” and never printed on paper.

The following URL has been selected:

In order to properly archive this URL, and potentially other URLs of interest on your site, we may archive both this URL and other portions of your site, including public content that your page links to on third party sites such as Facebook, YouTube, etc. The Library of Congress or its agent will engage in the collection of content from your website at regular intervals and may include it in future collections. The Library will make this collection available to researchers at Library facilities and by special arrangement.

The Library may also make the collection available more broadly by hosting the collection on the Library’s public access website no earlier than one year after our archiving has been completed. The Library hopes that you share its vision of preserving Internet materials and permitting researchers from across the world to access them.

Learn more about the Library’s Web Archiving program goals at Also, find our information for site owners at Finally, view our web archives at If you have questions, comments or recommendations concerning the web archiving of your site, please email the Library’s Web Archiving Team at at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

Library of Congress Web Archiving Program
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

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