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.
The journal ИСКУССТВО КОММУНЫ (ART OF THE COMMUNE), No. 20 (1962) - No. 33 (1963), Moscow, took its name from the Futurist journal of the same name published in Petrograd, 1918-1919. There were 19 issues of that journal, and therefore the samizdat journal ИСКУССТВО КОММУНЫ of 1962 began with No. 20. Editors Vladimir Petrov and Yuri Freidin populated the issues with theoretical statements, literary and cultural criticism and social analysis. Issues were presented and discussed at Saturday evening gatherings attended by various guests. Vladimir Petrov later helped start the samizdat journal МЕТКИ (SIGNS OF NEW PAINTING). The copies of issues presented here come from the collection of V. M. Petrov, V. S. Gribkov and L. A. Melamid (F. 76) at the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University.