Commentary No 58

No 58 : November 1980

58.1 The Trial of Tatyana Velikanova

[1] Comecon – the Council for Mutual Economic Aid, a body overseeing economic relations between the Soviet bloc countries.

[2] The surname of the Head Doctor at the central hospital in the Perm camps was more probably spelled Nemakhmetova.

[3] Much respected by dissenters, Ernst Rudenko (CCE 24, 27) died of cancer in about 1977.


58.3 The Trial of Gleb Yakunin

[1] Patriarch Alexy (1877-1970) headed the Russian Orthodox Church in the USSR from 1945 until his death. When the Patriarchate was re-established as a result of wartime consulation between Stalin and the church, Alexy became its new head [JC].

[2] For an account of the post-Stalin vicissitudes of Christians in the Soviet Union, see Michael Bourdeaux, Patriarchs and Prophets (1970).


End notes to No 58


3. For an analysis of this key document see S. Bloch and P. Reddaway, Russia’s Political Hospitals, chapter 6.

4. On these early years see M. Bourdeaux, Patriarch and Prophets.

5. Address: 3101 Washington St, San Francisco, California 94115, USA.

6. Andrei Vyshinsky (1883-1955) was a jurist who gave a legal facade to parts of Stalin’s tyranny. Trofim Lysenko (b. 1898) was an agricultural biologist, dictator of Soviet biology, and a charlatan.

7. In December 1980 Sorokin was given one year, but was freed in March 1981 after an appeal court changed the sentence to one year of correctional tasks and loss of 20% of his salary.

8. On this Decree see Chronicle 32, pp. 64-67.

9. Ocherki rastushchei ideologii (Antiget breit), Echo Press, A. Neimanis Buchvertrieb, Bauerstr. 28, 8 Munich 40,1974, 271 pp.

10. On 19 May 1947, according to K. Lyubarsky’s list of Soviet prisoners.

11. A chapter from a short novel by Soviet writer Fazil Iskander, Sandro iz Chegema, Ardis, Michigan, 1979,

12. Volodya is an affectionate form of Vladimir, Seryozha of Sergei, and Tanka and Tanechka of Tatyana,

13. Respectively Lert, Yakovlev, Egides, Pavlovsky, Gershuni, Sorokin and Grimm.

14. Kharms was a poet of the early Soviet period who had difficulty with the censorship.

15. According to another source, on 16 April 1935.

16. Stepan Bandera was a leader of the OUN, which fought an armed struggle against the Soviet regime in the years 1944-53.

17. Evidently the prosecutor was referring in fact to only one person, Anna-Halya Horbatsch.

18. Edited by A. Solzhenitsyn.

19. See note 8 above.

20. Davydov was transferred in November 1980 to Blagoveshchensk SPH near the Pacific.