14.3 The Confinement of Zhores Medvedev in a Psychiatric Hospital

No 14 : 30 June 1970 (In this account of events Roy Medvedev‘s detailed notes have been used.) On the evening of 29 May 1970 Zhores Medvedev was taken from his flat in Obninsk, Kaluga Region, to the Kaluga city psychiatric hospital for “diagnosis” and “observation”. A group of policemen led by a major, the…

9.8 Extrajudicial political persecution

No 9 : 31 August 1969 MOSCOW Galina Gabai, the wife of Ilya Gabai, is a speech therapist and teacher of literature at the Moscow inter-regional high-school for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Party committee of the Sverdlovsk district of Moscow asked the school administration to deprive Mrs Gabai of her teaching post…

32.1 The deportation of Solzhenitsyn

No 32 : 17 July 1974 On 13 February, after a prolonged and large-scale persecution campaign in the press, Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union. The immediate cause was the publication of his GU Lag Archipelago by the YMCA Press (see Chronicle 30). The circumstances surrounding the publication of this book, as…

6.8 Samizdat update

No 6 : 28 February 1969 1. Roy Medvedev, Before the Court of History This book has long been known to a narrow circle but has only begun to circulate widely in samizdat. It is a three-volume study of the life and personality of J.V. Stalin, his administration and his crimes. 2. “Svetlana Stalin and…

7.11 Samizdat update

No 7 : 30 April 1969 1. A. Antipov, “From Intellectual Chaos to the Coordination of Intellects” In essence the author puts forward a systematised programme for samizdat – although he does not employ this particular term, preferring to use “uncensored literature” of “literature circulated in typescript”. The author considers that the current development of…