7.12 Extra-judicial repression, 1968-1969

No 7 : 30 June 1969


[1]  S.Yu. Sheinin, from Dnepropetrovsk, one of the oldest journalists on the newspaper Zorya, has been expelled from the Party and dismissed, from work for a favourable review of the novel The Cathedral by Oles Honchar (Gonchar).

[2]  M.T. Skoryk from Dnepropetrovsk, employed by the newspaper Zorya, ridiculed the unfavourable article concocted by G. Degtyarenko and others, “I see life differently”, on the novel The Cathedral – expelled from the Party.

[3]  V. Zaremba, from Dnepropetrovsk, employed on the newspaper Zorya, has been expelled from the Komsomol and dismissed from work after he attacked an article, in which the head of the Zorya information department, A. Kornienko (a KGB lieutenant), denounced the novel, The Cathedral (Sobor).

[4]  I.P. Opanasenko, from Dnepropetrovsk, employed by the newspaper Zorya, has been dismissed from work.

[5]  Rimma Stepanenko, director of the Ukrainian Shevchenko Theatre in Dnepropetrovsk, has been expelled from the Party and dismissed from work for the production of a play by M. Stelmakh called The King’s Pal (Kum Korolyu).

[6]  G. Prokopenko, from Dnepropetrovsk, teacher at an evening school, has ‘been given a severe reprimand by the Party after insisting on the publication of an article answering the denouncers of the novel The Cathedral, G. Degtyarenko , and I. Moroz.

[7]  S. Levenets, secretary of the Dnepropetrovsk section of the Ukrainian theatrical society, has been dismissed from work.

[8]  V. Chemeris, writer, employee of the Dnepropetrovsk publishing house “Promin” has been dismissed from work.

[9]  I. Sokulsky, a poet from Dnepropetrovsk, has been dismissed from work on the factory newspaper Energetik produced from the Dnieper area.

[10]  N. Dubinin, from Dnepropetrovsk, editor of the factory newspaper Energetik, was questioned frequently on Party policy after publishing the favourable review of the novel The Cathedral by the workers D. Semenenko and V. Uniyat.

[11]  B. Karapish, writer, employee of the Dnepropetrovsk publishing house, “Promin”, has been given a severe reprimand by the Party.

[12. MOSCOW]

Victor Sokirko, engineer at the Moscow tube factory, signed the Letter of 95 concerning the trial of those who participated in the demonstration of 25 August  and has been expelled from the Moscow Higher Technical Institution named after Bauman, where he was an external graduate student, on the recommendation of a factory meeting.  A record of this factory meeting is available in samizdat.


Gusev, senior scientific worker at the Zoological Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, wrote a number of letters to the Central Committee about the article in Pravda, “The KGB, fifty years of defending socialist legality” [21 December 1968] about Czechoslovakia, and about the signs of the rehabilitation of Stalin.  In January 1969 he was expelled from the Party.

[14. GORKY]

Valentine Yurkina, from Gorky, who re-typed works of samizdat, was expelled from the Komsomol in the spring of 1968, and in February 1969 dismissed from work “for unworthy behaviour”.

[15. KIEV]

Irina Rapp, a member of the quantum generators department of Kharkov University, signed the Letter of 170 concerning the trial of Galanskov, Ginzburg etc., and has been summoned from interrogations about samizdat.

[16. MOSCOW]

Andrei Sakharov, Academician, “father of the hydrogen bomb”, author of the well-known essay. The Ministry of Medium Machine Engineering, at which Sakharov was a consultant, has dispensed with his services; now Sakharov holds a post only at his own institute, where no “special pass” is required.

[17. MOSCOW]

Aronov, a member of the Institute of Elementary Organic Compounds, abstained at a meeting where Czechoslovakia was discussed.  The institute did not apply for an extension to his Moscow residence permit and he was dismissed from work when his permit expired.

[18. PERM]

Alexander and Yekaterina Lipelis, teachers at the Perm Pedagogical Institute, have been dismissed from work for possessing samizdat works. Their dismissal was accompanied by a public inquiry at which offensive and barbaric accusations were made: both were banned in future from teaching.

[19. KIEV]

Vladimir Komashkov, a worker at the Kiev hydro-electric station and an evening student of the Kiev University faculty of philology, was expelled from university the day before defending his thesis, after taking his State exams.