<<No 27 : 15 October 1972>> The death of Romas Kalanta Some details have become known about the tragic suicide of Romas Kalanta and the events that followed it in Kaunas (see CCE 26). Kalanta died by self-immolation at about 1 pm [on 14 May 1972], in a city garden next to the Kaunas Musical … Continue reading The Events in Lithuania, 1972 (27.3)
<<No. 50 : November 1978>> Ida Yakovlevna NUDEL (b. 1931) has been a refusenik since December 1971. During all this time she has been actively involved in the Jewish emigration movement. In 1972 she was twice imprisoned for 15 days. Her case file contains a statement to the chief of the 72nd police station of … Continue reading The Trial of Ida Nudel, June 1978 (50.8-2)
<<No. 50 : November 1978>> The women refuseniks of Moscow are continuing their struggle (CCEs 47-49).  On the morning of 23 May 1978, Ida Nudel, Natalya Khasina, Faina Kogan, Elena Chernobylskaya, Galina Nizhnikova and Natalya Zhulei sent a telegram to Brezhnev and Kosygin, that read: “For many years we have been trying to obtain … Continue reading Demonstrations, May-June 1978 (50.8-1)
<<No 49 : 14 May 1978>> On 24 March 1978, the republic newspaper Dawn of the East published the Constitution of the Georgian SSR. Article 75 of the draft runs: “The Georgian SSR provides for the use of the Georgian language in state and public organs, cultural and other institutions, and takes all possible care about … Continue reading Discussion of the Draft Constitution in Georgia (49.17)
A declaration by political prisoners of the Soviet period 8 February 2021 <<Other texts and documents>> As political prisoners of the Soviet period, who experienced the prisons, camps, detention centres, torture by hunger and cold, and other similar methods of Soviet “re-education”, we have been indignant to learn of the unlawful detention, beatings and conditions … Continue reading We support today’s political prisoners
Crimean Tatars targeted in Military Court ruling. <<Other texts and documents>> A Russian court has sentenced three Crimean Tatars, including a father and son, to exceptionally long terms of imprisonment, on the basis of discussions about their Muslim faith and political subjects, including Russia’s persecution of Muslims. This was claimed to have been “anti-Russian” and … Continue reading 18, 17 and 13 years for discussing faith and Russian persecution: 12 January 2021
* One of the eight who demonstrated on Red Square (25 August 1968) against the invasion of Czechoslovaka, Vadim DELAUNAY would have been 73 on 22 December this year.
A LETTER FROM MOSCOW (8 August 1968) The original impetus for the creation of the Index on Censorship magazine came from an Open Letter addressed "To World Public Opinion" by two Soviet dissenters, Pavel Litvinov and Larisa Bogoraz. Larisa Bogoraz and Pavel Litvinov, Moscow Describing "the atmosphere of illegality" surrounding the January 1968 trial of … Continue reading Soviet Dissent and “Index on Censorship”