Commentary No 5

No 5 : 31 December 1969 5.1 SURVEY OF SAMIZDAT IN 1968 [1] Notable prose works appearing in samizdat during previous years. Ginzburg, Krutoi marshrut (1967 (in Grani 64-8, Frankfurt); Into the Whirlwind (London 1967) Shalamov stories published 1966-1970 in Novy zhurnal (New York); two included in Michael Scammell (ed), Russia’s Other Writers (1970). Lidiya…

COMMENTARY No 6

No 6 : 28 February 1969 6.2 The case of Boris Kochubievsky [1] “… who is of Russian nationality”. This does not refer just to Larisa Kochubievskaya’s ethnic and cultural background and origins in the multi-ethnic Soviet Union. From 196// onwards Soviet ID documents (internal “passports”) carried an entry that, from 16 years onwards, fixed…

COMMENTARY (international law)

International Law Availability of these fundamental texts in a repressive and pre-Internet era. Bukovsky example of Soviet Constitution at Lefortovo Prison. Alexeyeva assertion that only after 1975 did the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ratified by the Soviet Union in ///, become readily available to ordinary citizens of the USSR. Consequence, lack…

COMMENTARY No 8

No 8 : 30 June 1969 8.5 The 6 June 1969 demonstration by five Crimean Tatars on Mayakovsky Square * See Julius Telesin‘s detailed account of this episode in his preface to Uncensored Russia, pp. 49-50. 8.10 An appeal to the UN Commission on Human Rights A fortnight after Pyotr Grigorenko‘s arrest the Action Group…