Directorate for Registry Offices

Directorate Head

Irina Muravyova


  • Born 17 January 1961, Moscow.
  • After graduating from school, worked as a senior pioneer master at Moscow secondary school No. 441.
  • 1982 — 1987: Deputy headmistress for education, headmistress of secondary school No. 441.
  • 1987 — 1991: Secretary of the Moscow City Young Communist League (Komsomol) Committee.
  • Has been a government employee since 1991.
  • 1991 — 2004: Chairman of the Moscow City Committee for Family and Youth Affairs.
  • 1995: Graduated from the Moscow State Correspondence Teacher Training Institute.
  • 1998: Graduated from the Russian Foreign Office Diplomatic Academy.
  • 2004: Appointed Head of the Directorate for Registry Offices.
  • June 6, 2013: Appointed Acting Head of the Directory for Registry Offices.
  • September 17, 2013: Appointed Head of the Directory for Registry Offices.
  • State awards include the medal of the Order for Service to the Motherland (2nd Class), the Order of Friendship, and a badge For Exemplary Service from the Russian Justice Ministry.

About the Directorate

Areas of activity

Exercising powers delegated by the federal government to administer the civil registration process in Moscow:

  • To administer the civil registration process in Moscow (registering births, marriages, divorces, adoptions, paternity, name changes, and deaths) and other acts relevant in law (issuing duplicates of documents evidencing civil registration, and correcting amending, restoring or annulling civil registration records).
  • To receive applicants five days a week (Tuesday to Saturday) and applicants for death registration six days a week (Monday to Saturday in 19 registry offices). Registry offices in Moscow also register births, marriages, and deaths on national holidays.
  • The Directorate for Registry Offices and its local offices are authorised to communicate directly with the appropriate bodies in CIS countries under the Minsk Convention on Legal Assistance in Civil Matters and Family Affairs dated 22 January 1993.
  • The directorate’s archive and information division holds and maintains registers of births, marriages, and deaths recorded by the consular offices of the USSR and the Russian Federation abroad, and in handling these records, commits actions relevant in law, and also issues apostilles for documents evidencing state civil registration by the Moscow registry offices (in order for these documents to be valid abroad).
  • In instances specified under Article 12 of the federal law On Civil Registration and other federal laws, the Directorate for Registry Offices provides information on the registration of births, deaths, marriages and other events for an ever-growing number of agencies and organisations (the registry offices are required to disclose details of civil registration under six federal laws that have been in effect since 2006).
  • Currently, the Directorate for Registry Offices and its local offices supply this information to ten agencies and organisations: six of them receive information by email, in accordance with information sharing agreements.

To exercise powers as specified in municipal laws:

  • Since 1 January 2000, a programme has been in place to honour couples who have been married for 50 years and longer by presenting them with one-off sums of money, the size of which depends on how long they have been together.
  • Since October 2007, the Directorate for Registry Offices has provided information on couples married for 50 or more years to the Department for Social Security electronically so that the department can calculate and make one-off payments to them.
  • Since 2006, registry offices have solemnised marriages at the city’s historical sites. At present, there are ten such sites.
  • Apart from the registration of a child’s birth, the registry offices hold, on parents’ requests, name-registering ceremonies inviting local self-government bodies and representatives of district administrations to take part in the event. Ceremonies are also held in the city’s maternity hospitals on the day of discharge of mothers and their babies.