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)

Guided Search

250 names of places, people, publications and organisations are shown in the Guided Search section of the right-hand column. (Аnother eighty are being recorded.) ♦ Soviet Republics and cities (see also Maps) The described events all took place in the USSR and its 15 constituent Union Republics. e.g. Uzbek SSR. (Certain Autonomous Republics (ASSR) within … Continue reading Guided Search


The 63 published and translated issues of A Chronicle of Current Events can be accessed through the menu bar above. (1) Many of the early issues (CCE 1-24 : April 1968-May 1972) have been fully digitized The contents of every report they contain may be searched in a variety of ways as indicated in the … Continue reading USING THIS WEBSITE

«Хроника» возникла самозарождением

"Почти как стихи…" Интервью с Натальей Горбаневской (Париж, 2003). Наталья Евгеньевна ГОРБАНЕВСКАЯ (1936–2013)  — поэт, переводчик, журналист. Основатель и первый издатель самиздатского бюллетеня «Хроника текущих событий». Участница «демонстрации семерых» на Красной площади 25 августа 1968. Член Инициативной группы по защите прав человека в СССР. Наталья Евгеньевна, расскажите, как вы оказались в кругу диссидентов? Слово «диссиденты», … Continue reading «Хроника» возникла самозарождением

Obituaries: Boris Talantov, Nikolai Samsonov, March 1971 (18.12)

«No 18 : 5 March 1971» Boris V. TALANTOV (1903-1971] On 4 January 1971 Boris Vladimirovich Talantov (b. 1903) died in the prison hospital in Kirov [Volga District]. He was arrested on 12 June 1969 and at the beginning of September sentenced under Article 190-1 of the Russian Criminal Code to three years' imprisonment (CCE … Continue reading Obituaries: Boris Talantov, Nikolai Samsonov, March 1971 (18.12)

Commentary No 16

No 16 : 31 October 1970 16.2 THE TRIAL OF PIMENOV AND VAIL Makeyev is the deputy head of the department of housing and communal services [ZhKU], and not, as the Chronicle stated, the head of the department of buildings and works [ZhSU], 16.6 RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION English texts of many of these documents may be … Continue reading Commentary No 16

Commentary No 5

No 5 : 31 December 1969 5.1 SURVEY OF SAMIZDAT IN 1968 [1] Notable prose works appearing in samizdat during previous years. Ginzburg, Krutoi marshrut (1967 (in Grani 64-8, Frankfurt); Into the Whirlwind (London 1967) Shalamov stories published 1966-1970 in Novy zhurnal (New York); two included in Michael Scammell (ed), Russia's Other Writers (1970). Lidiya … Continue reading Commentary No 5

Commentary No 18

No 18 : 5 March 1971 18.1 POLITICAL PRISONERS IN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS The Russian text of one of Zinaida Grigorenko's letters, dated 11 February, and addressed to "The World Mental Health Society", is in Possev 5, 1971, pp 5-6. English extracts were published in The Observer, 2 May 1971. Chernyshov appeal. Russian text in Possev … Continue reading Commentary No 18

KGB report about samizdat, 15 January 1971

Secretariat circulates KGB report, dated 21 December 1970 (Bukovsky Archives online). Notes recent evolution of samizdat from literary works to political publications; recommends obstruction and suppression of this trend. [Russian 15 January 1971, St 119-11] total 5 pp. ===================================== Workers of all Lands, Unite! COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION. CENTRAL COMMITTEE Must be returned … Continue reading KGB report about samizdat, 15 January 1971


No 6 : 28 February 1969 6.2 The case of Boris Kochubievsky [1] "... who is of Russian nationality". This does not refer just to Larisa Kochubievskaya's ethnic and cultural background and origins in the multi-ethnic Soviet Union. From 196// onwards Soviet ID documents (internal "passports") carried an entry that, from 16 years onwards, fixed … Continue reading COMMENTARY No 6

Commentary No 11

No 11 :  31 December 1969 11.1 The expulsion of Solzhenitsyn from the Writers Union [1] Sakhalin - an island off the Far Eastern coast of the Soviet Union, visited by Chekhov in 1890. His impressions of the forced labour camps and exiles' settlements located there are  recorded in Sakhalin Island, first published in 1893-4. … Continue reading Commentary No 11