Commentary No 30

No 30 : 31 December 1973

30.1 The trial of Yakir and Krasin

[1]  One witness, Anatoly Levitin-Krasnov, circulated in samizdat a verbatim account of his own examination. In the course of this he quoted a statement by Yakir, Bukovsky and himself in which they described in detail their negative attitude to the NTS.

[2] The reference is to the former’s assertion at the Yakir-Krasin trial and to an interview by Nadzharov summarized later in this issue.

[3] Under Soviet practice of the time counsel may be engaged only after the investigation has been completed.

30.14 Materials about Sakharov

[1] There are one or more reports in the Chronicle concerning the signatories of the letter about the harassment of Andrei Sakharov:

  • Platonov (CCE 1 and 25)
  • Sado (CCE 1 and 19)
  • Braun and Malchevsky (CCE 9, 17 and 23)
  • Yu. I. Fyodorov (CCE 12, 22, 23 and 29)
  • Chernoglaz (CCE 15, 17 and 20)
  • Kadoka (CCE 20 and 32)
  • Vasilyan (CCE 15 and 16; his first name can be transliterated Ovik or Khovik)
  • Lukyanenko (CCE 11 and 28)
  • Makarenko (CCE 16, 23 and 32)
  • Suslensky (CCE 16, 27 and 32)
  • Ponomaryov (CCE 10-15, and 23).

Uzlov was a member of a Marxist group in Sverdlovsk. Its members were arrested in 1970, and five of them received terms of imprisonment (see document No 1102, the Samizdat Archive).

Another document in the Samizdat Archive (No 1137) describes Silinskas as a Lithuanian (b. 1943), sentenced in 1970 (also CCE 23).

The details of the case against Valter Melikyan (married, 3 children, address 31 Mesrop Mashtots Street, Berd, Armenia) are not yet known.