Soviet Samizdat Periodicals

The Electronic Archive “Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat” (PSDS) includes the database of Soviet samizdat periodicals, electronic editions of selected samizdat journals, illustrated timelines of dissident movements, and interviews with activists. The Project aims to make rare materials more widely available and to provoke questions about the trajectories of groups and individuals within the varied field of Soviet dissidence and nonconformist culture.

Soviet Samizdat Periodicals Database By Ann Komaromi

Soviet Samizdat Periodicals is a database of information about editions of classic Soviet samizdat, 1956-1986. The Database includes approximately 300 titles, representing all known types of samizdat periodical editions from this late Soviet era, including human rights bulletins, poetry anthologies, rock zines, religious and national editions. Search the Database by periodical or by issue or consult the Search Tips. Researchers will find detailed bibliographic and archival information. The site also includes information about samizdat and dissidence for the general public. The website is intended to provide a forum for continuing discussion about this outstanding phenomenon of recent history… read more.

Samizdat Journals: Electronic Editions

Select online editions of Soviet samizdat periodicals make rare archival materials available to a wide audience. Searchable transcribed text and notes or commentary have been provided where possible to facilitate the appreciation and use of these documents. 

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Map of Soviet Samizdat Periodicals

Find Samizdat periodicals by geographic location.


The Timelines are intended to provide a representative selection of people and events in the USSR that show the general arc of development in each case. Photographic materials from various collections help put some faces to these groups.

Artists Rea Nikonova and Serge Segay

Story Maps

The Story Maps presented here are related to the interactive Map of Soviet Samizdat Periodicals. Just as there are many different topics and communities represented within Soviet Samizdat Periodicals, so we find varied stories to tell.

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The Dissident Legacy

A new phase of the project devoted to the Dissident Legacy (Héritages de la dissidence) has begun: see information in the first issue of the Newsletter.

Samizdat Interviews

Mykola Riabchuk (1953) (click name to go to interview in English) Born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Riabchuk graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic Institute and the Gorky Literary…
Aba Taratuta (1935)  (click to go to the interview in English) Taratuta was a leading Jewish activist in Leningrad. He applied for an exit visa in 1973, and immigrated…
Lev Mnukhin (1938-2020) (click name for interview in English) Lev Abramovich Mnukhin was a historian of literature and culture. He worked with the Marina Tsvetaeva museums in…
Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017) (click name for interview in English) Historian, rights activist and social organizer Arseny Borisovich Roginsky studied at the historical-…
Oleg Okhapkin (1944-2008) (click name for interview excerpts in English) Oleg Aleksandrovich Okhapkin, poet, was an active participant in unofficial culture of the late…

Editorial Board

  • SOPHIE COEURÉ, Université de Paris
  • GERALD JANECEK, University of Kentucky
  • ILJA KUKUJ, Ludwig Maximilian University
  • BENJAMIN NATHANS, University of Pennsylvania
  • CLAUDIA PIERALLI, Università di Firenze
  • PETER REDDAWAY, George Washington University
  • ALLAN REID, University of New Brunswick
  • YAACOV RO'I, Tel Aviv University
  • MARCO SABBATINI, Università di Pisa
  • STEPHANIE SANDLER, Harvard University
  • SUSANNE SCHATTENBERG, Forschungsstelle Osteuropa
  • CÉCILE VAISSIÉ, Université Rennes 2
  • We were honoured formerly to include ARSENY ROGINSKY (1946-2017), International Memorial Society