Religion in the USSR: A Lecture by Furov, May 1976 (41.2)

At the end of May 1976, staff working on the Large Soviet Encyclopaedia heard a lecture on the situation of religion in the Soviet Union by a visiting speaker, [Vasily] Furov, deputy-chairman of the Council for Religious Affairs (USSR Council of Ministers). In general, religious life in the USSR was in decline, the speaker said, … Continue reading Religion in the USSR: A Lecture by Furov, May 1976 (41.2)

Political Prisoners in the Mordovian Camps, March 1972 (24.5)

<<No 24 : 5 March 1972>> UKRAINIANS [23] Petro Samofil – his 25-year sentence ends on 21 February 1972. He has passed through the Pechora, Vorkuta and Taishet camps and the strict-regime camp in Spasskoye (Kazakhstan). He is completing his sentence in Mordovia [see Map 3]. Yevhen Pryshlyak – serving a 25-year term. Mykhaylo Lutsyk … Continue reading Political Prisoners in the Mordovian Camps, March 1972 (24.5)

Trial in Leningrad. The “Aeroplane Affair”, 11-20 May 1971 (20.1)

«No 20 : 2 July 1971» The case was heard in the Leningrad City Court [27] from 11-20 May 1971. Accused were: Gilya Izrailevich BUTMAN, aged 39, an engineer – Articles 17 (complicity), 64-a, 70-1, 72 and 189-1 of the Russian Criminal Code.Mikhail Semyonovich KORENBLIT, aged 34, a dentist – Articles 17, 64-a, 70-1, 72.Vladimir … Continue reading Trial in Leningrad. The “Aeroplane Affair”, 11-20 May 1971 (20.1)

The Leningrad Trial of the “Hijackers”, 15-24 December 1970 (17.6)

«No 17 : 31 December 1970» The trial of M.Yu. DYMSHITS, E.S. KUZNETSOV, S.I. ZALMANSON, J.M. MENDELEVICH, I.I. ZALMANSON, Yu.P. FYODOROV, A.G. MURZHENKO, A.A. ALTMAN, L.G. KHNOKH, B.S. PENSON and M. A. BODNYA was held in the Leningrad City Court on 15-24 December 1970. The court consisted of N. A. Yermakov, chairman of the Leningrad … Continue reading The Leningrad Trial of the “Hijackers”, 15-24 December 1970 (17.6)

Searches and Arrests of Jews wishing to emigrate to Israel, August 1970 (15.6)

«No 15 : 31 August 1970» [1] On 9 July two Georgian Jews, Venyamin Dzhanashvili and Abram Dzhandzhikhanashvili, were arrested in Tbilisi. For a long time they have been trying to obtain permission to emigrate to Israel. The pretext for the arrest was an incident on 26 January 1970 in the reception-room of the Georgian … Continue reading Searches and Arrests of Jews wishing to emigrate to Israel, August 1970 (15.6)

COMMENTARY No 6

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