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…

12.6 Letters from Soviet Jews

No 12 : 28 February 1970 [1] Boris Shlayen and Ilya Fridlyand — open letter addressed to the authors of the letters published in Pravda on 13 January 1970 under the general title “Unmasking the Provocateurs”. The authors of the letter state that in the USSR “there are many Jewish families who not only wish…

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…

1.7 The detention of Valentin Prussakov

<< No 1 : 30 April 1968 >> In February 1967 Valentin Prussakov, a student of the Institute of Railway Engineers, was arrested in Moscow. During a search it was mainly his verses which were confiscated [1]. He was charged under Article 70 of the RSRSR Criminal Code. In February 1968 a trial was fixed…

8.1 The trial of Boris Kochubievsky

No 8 : 30 June 1969 On 13-16 May this year, the Kiev Region Court examined the case of Boris Kochubievsky, accused under Article 187-1 of the Ukrainian SSR Criminal Code (which corresponds to Article 190 of the Russian Criminal Code). Kochubievsky was charged with making statements on the position of Jews in the USSR.…

6.2 The case of Boris Kochubievsky

No 6 : 28 February 1969 At the beginning of December 1968 a thirty-year-old radio engineer, Boris Kochubievsky, was arrested in Kiev. In 1967 he spoke at a lecture on the international situation given at the radio factory where he worked, argued with the lecturer, and expressed his disagreement with the description of Israel’s actions…