A quota for killings (1938)

Arrest 5,000 more, and shoot 60% of them << No. 24 (257), 19 June 2017 >> “These encrypted telegrams mostly contain statistics rather than specific names. There are no people, just numbers,” says ALEXANDER DANIEL in a recent comment about the DMITRIEV case. “Only in Karelia do we have everything at the level of individual…

Extra-judicial repression in 1968-9

Further action to intimidate and punish protestors << No 9 (242), 6 March 2017 >> The 6th issue of the Chronicle of Current Events reported on further acts of repression, taken against those who protested against the Galanskov-Ginzburg trial of January 1968, and the treatment of the Red Square demonstrators in August the same year.…

Student questionnaires withdrawn

<< No 7 (240), 20 February 2017 >> ♦  Officials confiscate history questionnaires  ♦ Officials of the Rybinsk education department in the Yaroslavl Region (Central Russia) have seized questionnaires completed by students at the request of the literary scholar Marietta CHUDAKOVA prior to her visit to the town. The children were answering questions about their…

30 October 1974

The first Political Prisoner’s Day in the USSR << 7 November 2016 >> In early December 1974, in an issue almost wholly devoted to the situation in Soviet labour camps, the Chronicle of Current Events reported on a coordinated demonstration by political prisoners to establish 30 October as an annual date of protest over the…

The Political Prisoners Fund

About the fund that operated from 1974 to 1983 << 31 October 2017 >> Collecting money for political prisoners and their families is a tradition that goes back to Tsarist times. In the early 1970s it acquired organised form, even before the protests the camps of Mordovia and Perm that marked the first Day of…

The Fire at Malva Landa’s

The harassment of an outspoken pensioner << 13 June 2016 >> The court case concerning the door of FSB headquarters burnt by PYOTR PAVLENSKY and the fine imposed (500,000 roubles) recall, by contrast, another notorious fire in the mid-1970s. This mysterious conflagration broke out on 18 December 1976 in the room occupied by Malva Landa…