16.3 In Defence of Andrei Amalrik

 No 16 : 31 October 1970 In Sverdlovsk [Urals District] the investigation into the case of A. Amalrik (see Chronicle 14.1) and L. Ubozhko (see Chronicle 15.10 (4)), accused under Article 190-1 of the Russian Criminal Code, was concluded at the beginning of October. Amalrik’s wife Gyuzel Makudinova appealed to the public, asking all those…

15.11 Samizdat update

No 15 : 31 August 1970 1. “An Open Letter to Mikis Theodorakis” from Roald Mukhamedyarov, a Moscow worker Pointing out the continuing repressions of a political nature in the USSR and instances of “the grossest violation of the most elementary human rights in our country”, the author urges Theodorakis to protest against the violation…

15.10 News in Brief

No 15 : 31 August 1970 [1] Pyotr Grigoryevich Grigorenko is still being held (see Chronicle 14.2) in the Psychiatric Hospital in Chernyakhovsk [Kaliningrad Region]. On 3 July his wife Z.M. Grigorenko, his son Andrei and his son’s fiancée travelled there to visit him. The head of the hospital, Major Belokopytov, refused to allow the…

14.1 The Arrest of Andrei Amalrik

No 14 : 30 June 1970 Andrei Alekseyevich Amalrik was arrested on 21 May 1970 in the village of Akulovo in the Moscow Region. At 11 a.m. about twenty agents of the KGB and of the Moscow and Sverdlovsk Procuracies appeared in four cars. Amalrik was shown the charge of circulating “literature containing slanderous fabrications…

17.1 The Trial of Amalrik and Ubozhko

No 17 : 31 December 1970 The trial of Andrei Amalrik and Lev Ubozhko (CCE 13, 14, 15, 16) was held in Sverdlovsk on 11-12 November 1970. The Judge was A. Shalayev, the people’s assessors — Korobeinikova and Orlov. The defence counsels were V. Shveisky (for A. Amalrik) and Khardin (for L. Ubozhko). The prosecutor…

12.10 Samizdat update

No 12 : 28 February 1970 [1] Nadezhda Ya. Mandelstam, Recollections of O. E. Mandelstam This book is about the fate of the poet and the fate of a generation. A memorial to an era. [2] Vasily Grossman, Everything flows … V. Grossman wrote this novel between 1956 and 1962. It is based on extensive…