Simon Cosgrove reviews ‘The Dissidents’ by Peter Reddaway: ‘A profound tribute to the moral imperative to speak out in the name of truth and human rights in a repressive society.’

17 June 2021 By Simon Cosgrove Simon Cosgrove reviews The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990, by Peter Reddaway.  Brookings, 337 pp., 2020, ISBN: 9780815737735 The Dissidents is an absorbing memoir…

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Remember the Date: 5 March 1953 – the death of Stalin

(From left to right) Stalin, Aleksei Rykov, Lev Kamenev, and Grigory Zinoviev in 1925. Source: Wikipedia Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili on 18 December [Old Style 6 December] 1878) died on 5 March 1953 at…

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Remember the Date: 5 March 1940 – Soviet authorities order the mass killing of Polish officers that became known as the Katyn Massacre

Photo of the order for the Katyn massacre: Wikipedia "The Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) in April and May 1940, was prompted by…

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Knight of the 20th Century. Andrei Kovalev on the 90th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev

2 March 2021 By Andrei Kovalev. Andrei Kovalev worked for many years at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as a member of the secretariat of Soviet President…

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Remember the Date: Last Soviet combatant troops leave Afghanistan, 15 February 1989

Soviet forces with prisoners in Vardak, 1987. Source: Wikipedia On 15 February 1989 the last Soviet combatant forces left Afghanistan, ending a process of withdrawal that had begun on 15…

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Vyacheslav Bakhmin: What is interesting about the experience of Soviet dissidents?

7 February 2021 Co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group Vyacheslav Bakhmin (pictured above) has taken part in the project Scale of Values of the School of Civic Education. Source: Moscow…

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Remember the Date: On 13 February 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union

Aleksandr Solzhentisyn and Heinrich Boell outside Boell's house. Photo by Bert Verhoeff (Wikipedia) On 13 February 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union to West Germany, where he initially…

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Remember the Date – on 8 February 1983 the World Psychiatric Association received a letter of resignation from Soviet All-Union Society of Neurologists and Psychiatrists

Photo of Serbsky Institute in Moscow: Wikipedia by A.Savin  On 8 February 1983 the World Psychiatric Association received a letter of resignation from the Soviet All-Union Society of Neurologists and…

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‘The wait continues for the victims of repression. Vladimir Putin has been asked to guarantee access to social housing for former GULAG prisoners’ [Kommersant]

13 January 2021 By Ivan Tyazhlov [Published in Kommersant newspaper No 3, 13.01.2021, page 5] Source: Kommersant Over 100 social and cultural activists have put their signatures to an open letter addressed to…

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