The 63 published and translated issues of A Chronicle of Current Events
can be accessed through the menu bar above.


CCEs 1-30 — April 1968 to December 1973

have been or are presently being fully digitized.

The 629 pages compiled and issued in 1978 as Nos 48-51 are also now being digitized.

[1] This means the contents of every report they contain may be searched in several ways. Through an open Search (e.g. Grigorenko), or Guided Search (e.g. Tashkent) at the bottom of the page. Or by searching Themes (e.g. dismissal) in the drop-down menu in the right-hand column.

[2] Certain short phrases, e.g. Working Commission, are used in the Guided Search and in the text to indicate an organisation with a longer title — in this case the “Working Commission on the Abuse of Psychiatry for Political Purposes”.

Such abridged forms are listed separately (Guided Search).

[3] Links to three related websites are also provided in the right-hand column: the original Russian version of the Chronicle (Хроника текущих событий), the frequent issues of USSR News Update (Вести из СССР) and translations of many of the classified documents selected in 1992 from the CPSU Central Committee archive by the late Vladimir Bukovsky.


CCEs 31-58 & 60-64 — May 1974 to June 1982

remain partly or wholly in pdf form —

(with the exception of CCE issues 48-51).

The contents pages of all thesе issues, however, have been 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.

TIP — In its pdf version Issue 32-33 has 105 double-spread pages. We have given those numbers on the Contents Page, not the numbered 193 pages of the original print version.

TIP — 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.


TIP — You can also scroll through the contents pages of successive issues of the Chronicle by clicking on the hyperlink to the next issue at the end of each page.

The dating of each issue

The date on each issue does not indicate when it was first published (circulated),
but the date of the last information it contains.

The discrepancy between the two was not great in the 1960s and early 1970s but towards the end, in the 1980s, as the issues grew larger and pressure from the Soviet authorities increased, the first appearance of the Chronicle in Moscow (see publication details at the foot of Contents Pages for CCE 60-64) might be months after its formal date.

For example

Issue 63 (31 December 1981) was 230 pages long and it did not appear in the Soviet capital until March 1983.

Further work on this project

Many 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 onwards) have already been uploaded to the website as sequences rather than adding a complete issue at a time.

Taken together the 64 issues of the Chronicle are roughly equivalent to 6,000 typescript pages. That cumulative text mentions approximately 10,000 individuals and makes reference to about 20,000 publications, almost all of them samizdat.

The Tag Cloud (Guided Search) at the bottom of the page and the drop-down menu of Categories (Themes) in the right-hand column of the page offer some approximation to a cumulative Name Index of the printed English translations.

JC, 17 April 2021