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 five issues of ЛОБ (Forehead), No. 1, 2-3, 4, 5, 6 (1972), were produced by a group of students from the Chemistry Department at Leningrad State University, under the leadership of Sergei Dediulin and Vitaly Petranovsky. The title ЛОБ was an abbreviation from Ленинградское общесто библиофилов (Leningrad Society of Bibliophiles): the materials were literary and literary-historical. The journal of АМЕГОБ (SNAIMEHOB) preceded this one. Dediulin later went on to work with the more serious samizdat journals СЕВЕРНАЯ ПОЧТА (THE NORTHERN MAIL) and ПАМЯТЬ (MEMORY). Copies of the first four issues of ЛОБ presented here come from the collection of Sergei Dediulin (F. 68/1) at the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University.