Samizdat update, 31 December 1979 (55.11)

<<No 55 : 31 December 1980>>

  1. Andrei Sakharov, “Reflections and Memories”,
    The Washington Post, 16 August 1979.
  2. Yury Shikhanovich, Six Documents, 15 August 1979.
  3. Emigration to Israel: Legal Theory and Practice, Nos 4 & 5, November and December 1979.
  4. Women and Russia, No. 1 , September 1979.
  5. Lithuanian samizdat. A new journal Pastoge (Shelter).


[1] Sakharov, “Reflections and Memories”
(on F. Dyson’s book Disturbing the Universe), published
in The Washington Post on 16 August 1979.

“Digressing from the text of Dyson’s book, but not from its spirit, I support Salt-2, but on the strict condition that the opportunities described in the text of the Treaty for eliminating the weak spots in the American strategic arms system are applied …”

Dyson writes in his book:

“The survival of human society demands either the establishment of a world state with a monopoly of military force, or the achievement of the stable division of the world into a number of independent sovereign states whose military power is strictly limited to the defence of their own territory.”

Sakharov writes:

“Dyson very much prefers the second model… I have strong doubts about the stability which he attributes to the defensive military capacity of several states… I therefore, although with great misgivings, support the first option, at least for the more-or-less distant future.”

[2] Yu. Shikhanovich, Six Documents (15 August 1979, 25 pages).

The author publishes documents relating to the criminal case against him (CCE 27, 30 and 32).

“These documents came into my hands a long time ago, but I decided to defer their publication until two things had happened. The second happened very recently: on 14 June 1979 a commission headed by Chief Psychiatrist of Moscow, V. P, Kotov, resolved to remove my name from the psychiatric register.

“The following documents are published with short explanatory commentaries: ‘Resolution to obtain a forensic-psychiatric diagnosis’ (17 May 1973); report of the forensic-psychiatric team which ruled the author not responsible (22 June 1973); Moscow City Court’s order for compulsory treatment (26 November 1973); report by doctors at Psychiatric Hospital No. 9 in Dmitrov recommending the ending of compulsory treatment (25 March 1974); Moscow City Court order to end the compulsory treatment (21 June 1974); and ‘An extract from the medical history’, which was sent to the local psychiatric clinic on discharge (July 1974).

“In making these documents public I am fully aware that I will arouse the displeasure of the Organs. I hope that at least they will not call them ‘libellous’.”

[Note: Six Documents has been published in full
in Khronika zashchity prav cheloveka v SSSR, 1979 (New York), No. 36.]

[3] Emigration to Israel: Legal Theory and Practice
No. 4 (November 1979, 48 pages) and No. 5 (December 1979, 50 pages).

The bulletin of the unofficial Moscow seminar on the humanities and law (see “Miscellaneous Reports”; see also “Samizdat Update” in CCE 54). In No. 5 there is a report on E. Gabovich’s dismissal from work (CCE 53./, 54./).

[4] Women and Russia, No. 1 (131 pages)

The almanac came out in September [1979]. The title page describes it as “a journal about women, for women. Saint Petersburg, 10 December 1979”. It consists of two sections: “Contemporary Life” (119 pages, 12 authors) and “Retrospective” (10 pages, one author).

The main contents are as follows:

  • “Human Births” by R. Batalova, a highly accurate description of first confinements in a Soviet maternity hospital;
  • “The Maternal Family” by N. Malakhovskaya , a remarkably outspoken analysis of the change in the male roles and obligations within the family throughout the family’s historical evolution;
  • “The Other Side of the Medal” by V[era] Golubeva , an article about the tragic fate of single mothers in the USSR;
  • “Rejoice at the release of Eve’s tears” by T. Goricheva;
  • “A Golden Childhood” by I. Pazukhin about “a Pioneer concentration camp”;
  • A Letter from Novosibirsk” by Yulia Voznesenskaya (see CCE 47.9);
  • a short story, “Flying Pangolins”, by S. Sokolova;
  • poems by T[atyana] Mamonova;
  • and “A History of Women’s Education in Russia since 1086” by E. Likhacheva (the first chapter, which goes up to the time of Peter the Great, is printed here).

The almanac ends with an appeal:

“Dear sisters! We have hardly begun to live, but we are already experiencing the full burden of women’s lot… Our situation is so unbearable that we almost feel as if it is not real, as if it will dissolve like a nightmare. However, only by coming together to talk about our sorrows and suffering, only by admitting and generalizing our experience can we find a way out, a way to help ourselves and the thousands of women who are similarly tortured. And with this in mind we decided to produce the first free journal for women in our country. We ask you to write to us about anything that troubles you. If necessary, the correspondents of our journal will come to help you in any way they can. We hope that through our combined efforts we can lift women’s emancipation and the lightening of women’s burden out of the mire…”

[5] Lithuanian Samizdat

A new literary and philosophical journal entitled Pastoge (Shelter) has appeared in Lithuania.

The first number contains works by the late M. Tamonis (CCE 38, 39), including the article which was confiscated during a search at Virginija Vosiliute’s home (CCE 54).

[Note: Vosiliute’s name was misspelt Vosiulaite in CCE 54,
where Vosiulis is a misspelling for Vosilius.]