The 63 published issues of A CHRONICLE OF CURRENT EVENTS can be accessed in English translation through the menu bar above.
Many of the earlier issues (CCE 1-24, April 1968 to May 1972) have been fully digitized. The contents of all their reports may be searched in a variety of ways indicated in the right-hand column of the page: Search (e.g. Grigorenko), People & Places (e.g. Tashkent) or Themes (e.g. dismissal).
Other issues (CCE 25-58 & 60-64) remain partly or wholly in pdf form. The contents pages of the pdf issues are included in the various digitized search facilities. The individual reports they contain can quickly be accessed by turning to the pages indicated within the pdf file (i.e. the pdf file for Issue 32-33 has 105 pages, NOT the 193 pages of the original print version).
An entire pdf issue can be rapidly searched using Ctrl-F in your browser and entering the name, place or term you want to find.
Please note that it is possible to scroll through the contents pages of successive issues of the CHRONICLE by clicking on the hyperlink at the end of each page of contents.
The dating of each issue
The date on each issue does not indicate when it was first published (circulated) but the last date of the information it contains.
The discrepancy between the two was not great in the 1960s and early 1970s but towards the end, as the issues grew larger and pressure from the authorities increased, the first appearance of the Chronicle in Moscow — see publication details at foot of contents pages for CCE 60 to 64 — might come months after its formal date. Issue 63 (31 December 1981), for example, was 230 pages long and appeared in the Soviet capital in March 1983.
Further work on this project
We would welcome the donation or loan of hard copies of later issues of the Chronicle (No 29 onwards): they make it much easier to scan the texts and proof-read the resulting files.
Many of the reports of the mid- to late 1970s about particular individuals (Vladimir Bukovsky and Mustafa Dzhemilev, for example) or about the Helsinki Groups (CCE 40.13) have been uploaded to the website as sequences rather than adding a complete issue at a time.
Taken together the 64 issues of the Chronicle amount to 6,000 typescript pages. That cumulative text mentions 10,000 individuals and makes reference to about 20,000 publications, almost all of them samizdat.
The Tag Cloud (People and Places) and the Categories (Themes) in the right-hand column of the page form some approximation to an INDEX. Until the entire set of 63 issues have been digitized these are only a partial aid when searching [a] the texts of issues 1-24, [b] the contents pages of 25 to 64 and [c] any reports after issue 24 that have been digitized.
3 January 2017