On this day …

On 4 November 1972, the poet Yury Galanskov died in the prison hospital at Barashevo in Mordovia. He was 33 years old. Together with Alexander Ginzburg and two others, Galanskov was prosecuted and convicted at a closed trial in January 1968.  

Vladimir Bukovsky, 1942-2019

Belebei (USSR), 30 December 1942 — Cambridge (UK), 27 October 2019. Vladimir BUKOVSKY died of cardiac arrest in Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, England at 9:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time) on Sunday, 27 October 2019. He was 76. His health had been poor in recent years. After his expulsion from the USSR in December 1976, he … Continue reading Vladimir Bukovsky, 1942-2019

The persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses (1970-1986)

By the mid-1970s the Chronicle regularly published a section reporting on “The persecution of [religious] believers”. Often it was further subdivided between Adventists, Pentecostalists and Baptists, joined from time to time by Orthodox Christians and Catholics in Moldova. References to the harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses are far less frequent, as the following examples show. (There … Continue reading The persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses (1970-1986)

Civil Protest in Russia, yesterday and today (16 May, Glasgow)

Repressive policies, political prisoners and trends in non-violent resistance Speaker: Elena SANNIKOVA in Russian with interpretation ♦ 5 to 6.45 pm, Thursday, 16 May at Main Seminar Room, Central and East European Studies, Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow (Gilmorehill campus) ♦ Over the past 10 years, the level of repression has been steadily rising in Russia. … Continue reading Civil Protest in Russia, yesterday and today (16 May, Glasgow)

Political Prisoners, 1 February 1987 (KGB report)

KGB report to Gorbachev (Bukovsky Archives online). The numbers then serving a sentence under Articles 70,  190-1 and 142 of the RSFSR Criminal Code. One third held in psychiatric institutions; encouraging applications for a pardon from such prisoners; terms of release terms eased [Russian 1 Feb 87, 183-Ch] (9 pp)  Excerpts. ================================== [page one of … Continue reading Political Prisoners, 1 February 1987 (KGB report)