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…

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…

14.2 The fate of Pyotr Grigorenko

No 14 : 30 June 1970 On 13 May Academicians M.A. Leontovich and A.D. Sakharov, Master of physico-mathematical sciences V.F. Turchin and physicist V.N. Chalidze lodged a “Complaint concerning supervisory oversight” with USSR Procurator-General Rudenko against the decisions of the Tashkent City Court and the Uzbek Supreme Court (see Chronicle 12.2) in the case of…