ASSR – Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
OVIR – Visa and Registrations Department
RSFSR – Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic
samizdat – unofficial publication that has not been passed by the censor
SPH – Special Psychiatric Hospital
SSR – Soviet Socialist Republic (Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldavia, etc)
tamizdat – publication outside USSR of book, etc., without official approval; then often reimported into the USSR.
USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics