Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine is one of the oldest state expert institutions in Ukraine. It was created on July 4, 1913, as the Cabinet of Scientific and Forensic Expertise under the Prosecutor of Kyiv Court of Justice, and in 2018 celebrated the 105th anniversary of its existence.
Back in 1913, the experience of the first head of the Cabinet of Scientific and Forensic Expertise with the Prosecutor of Kyiv Court of Justice Serhii Potapov led to the conviction that only scientific investigation methods could solve the problem of establishing the truth in criminal cases.
Working as an assistant to the head of the Cabinet, Vasyl Favorskyi began to use new research methods.
In one of the criminal cases during the study of the signature, which was corroded, the document was investigated, was exposed to pure ultraviolet rays. Under the influence of their actions, the signature was easily readable even with the naked eye. Ultraviolet photography was carried out and it gave such clear images of the destroyed parts on the document, it became possible to study the details of the destroyed signature handwriting.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Institute developed highly sensitive physical and chemical methods for examining physical evidence in order to determine the nature of substances, their common group membership and a single source of origin, methods of comparative analysis of medicinal compounds, soil samples, etc. as well as identifying traces of a shot from close range.
Outstanding scientists-specialists of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise began high standards of work, became pioneers of domestic forensic science, set the right direction for new searches and achievements.
For all the time of its existence, the Institute employed a lot of prominent Ukrainian personalities. The foundation laid by the founders of the Ukrainian forensic expertise turned into a strong building, where each brick is the answer to new questions found by curious scientists.
Each subsequent 10th anniversary brought the Institute closer to its present state. The structure changed new directions of work, new departments and laboratories have appeared. The traditions begun more than 100 years ago remained unchanged and honesty, curiosity, courage and selflessness of service of justice are equally valued. Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise begins and leads the year 2019 in an active expert and research work.
Київський науково-дослідний інститут судових експертиз
Директор: Рувін Олександр Григорович
Поштова адреса: 03057, м. Київ, вул. Смоленська, 6
Kyiv Research Institute of Forensic Expertise
Director: Ruvin Oleksandr
Mailling address: 03057, City of Kyiv Smolenska Street, 6