17.5 Public Statements Regarding the Trial of Pimenov, Vail and Zinovieva

No 17 : 31 December 1970 As soon as it became known that the pre-trial investigation into the case of Pimenov et al. had been concluded (see Chronicle 16.2), Yevgeny Smirnov’s pamphlet “Bravo, Comrade Tolstikov!” appeared in samizdat [1]. It names the documents mentioned in the charge against Pimenov, which includes “2000 words” [2]. In…

Commentary No 3

No 3 : 30 August 1968 3.1 RESPONSES IN MOSCOW “In fact, Czechoslovak newspapers remained on sale up until 21 August,” wrote the Chronicle, over two years later (see 18.14). “Their ‘disappearance’ can only be explained by an increased demand for the same number of copies available.” 3.3 GORBANEVSKAYA LETTER (28 August 1968) Both The…

11.14 Samizdat update

No 11 : 31 December 1969 [1] Andrei Amalrik, “An open letter to Anatoly Kuznetsov” Amalrik decided to write to Kuznetsov after hearing his “Appeal to all people” on the radio and reading his article, “The Russian writer and the KGB”. Kuznetsov makes frequent reference to the absence of freedom in the USSR, but, as…

7.13 News in brief

Issue 7 : 30 April 1969 [1] On 15 April in Riga a student, Ilya Rips, tried to immolate himself. Under the Freedom Obelisk, set up when Latvia was independent, he unfurled a banner with the words FREEDOM FOR CZECHOSLOVAKIA. A hostile crowd gathered around him.  The youth threw off his overcoat, under which was…