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AMERICA ONLINE UNVEILS SECRET SOVIET ARCHIVES ONLINE; LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CALLS ELECTRONIC ACCESS 'HISTORIC FIRST'

 AMERICA ONLINE UNVEILS SECRET SOVIET ARCHIVES ONLINE;
 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CALLS ELECTRONIC ACCESS 'HISTORIC FIRST'
 VIENNA, Va., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Library of Congress, the Committee of Archival Affairs of the Russian Federation and America Online (NASDAQ: AMER) announced the opening of an online "exhibit" of the first public display of the previously secret internal records of Soviet Communist rule -- "Revelations from the Russian Archives." At the same time, a more extensive exhibit of the same name will open June 17 at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress.
 The exhibition features a collection of approximately 300 historically significant documents, photographs and films which have been previously inaccessible from the Russian archives, including those of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the Foreign Ministry. This collection, selected by a team of scholars led by Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington, is expected to shed new light on some of the major events and controversies involving the former Soviet Union, from the revolution to the present time.
 America Online will offer portions of representative documents, with translations, captions and graphic images of each document. The America Online service will also enable subscribers around the country -- and electronic mail users around the world -- to have real-time conferences and electronic mail discussions about the documents.
 On Thursday, June 18, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, Billington, Dr. Rudolph G. Pikhoia, chairman of the Committee on Archival Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Gen. Dmitrii Volkogonov, head of the KGB archives, will participate in an electronic conference with America Online subscribers.
 "As far as we know, this will be the first time in history that an institution has offered both a landmark exhibit and electronic access to the contents of the exhibit," said Billington, librarian of Congress during a press conference this morning.
 "We're pleased to extend access to this unprecedented exhibit through American Online," said Stephen M. Case, president. "In making key components of the Russian archives available for electronic viewing and discussion, we are further opening the doors to a wide audience who may be unable to see the traditional exhibit firsthand. Through America Online, researchers, historians and everyday people around the world can exchange ideas about this new information."
 Individuals interested in requesting a free American Online software kit and an account to view the documents from the Russian Archives electronically, can call 800-827-6364. Or, they can send an e-mail message to the following Internet mailing address: info(at)aol.com.
 America Online, Inc., is the leading independent provider of online services to consumers in the United States. The company offers subscribers a wide variety of services which can be accessed from a broad range of personal computers using America Online's proprietary, icon-based windowing software. Founded in 1985, the company has established strategic alliances with more than 30 companies including IBM, Microsoft and Tribune Company. The company completed an initial public stock offering in March 1992.
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 /NOTE: America Online offers free online time to members of the working press to view the Russian Archives. Black and white screen shots are available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Liz Sara of America Online, 703-883-1503 or 703-448-8700/
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