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…

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…

6.7 Lysenkoites raise their heads

No 6 : 28 February 1969 The Molodaya Gvardiya publishing house was due to bring out a book by S. Reznik, Nikolai Vavilov, in its series “The Lives of Outstanding People”. In the book the role of T.D. Lysenko in the tragedy of our biological science is described objectively and in detail. On 19 December…