Abbreviations & Definitions

A.

ASSR – Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic

O.

OVIR – Visa and Registrations Department

R.

RSFSR – Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic

S.

samizdat – unofficial publication that has not been passed by the censor

SPH – Special Psychiatric Hospital

SSR – Soviet Socialist Republic (Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldavia, etc)

T.

tamizdat – publication outside USSR of book, etc., without official approval; then often reimported into the USSR.

U.

USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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