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Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat

By Ann Komaromi

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.

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Interviews

Interviews - "Samizdat Journals"

These interviews with activists, authors and editors were conducted by Ann Komaromi and her assistants in the course of work on the Database Soviet Samizdat Periodicals, launched 2011. Some were conducted by associates of the International “Memorial” Society as part of its project “The History of Dissidence in the USSR,” with support from the grant projects contributing to the Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat.

The work on the Database and preparation of these interviews for publication within the Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat was supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

Lev Mnukhin / Лев МнухинOleg Okhapkin / Олег ОхапкинMykola Riabchuk / Микола РябчукArseny Roginsky / Арсений Рогинский

Interviews - "Refusenik"

These interviews with Jewish activists were done by Laura Bialis in the course of work on her documentary film Refusenik (2007), supported by the Foundation for Documentary Projects.

The preparation of these interviews for publication within the Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat was supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a grant from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, 2014-2015; a grant from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, 2014-2015; and a University of Toronto Excellence Award, summer 2016.

Evgeny Abezgauz / Евгений Абезгауз, Evgeny Lein / Евгений Леин Aba Taratuta / Аба Таратута