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 young journalist Alexander Ginzburg started the thematic collection СИНТАКСИС (SYNTAX) in Moscow. The collections included poetry not published officially. The first two issues featured poets from Moscow, and the third issue featured poetry from Leningrad. Ginzburg was arrested while working on a planned fourth issue. In addition to the outstanding poets whose works appeared in these issues (Joseph Brodsky, Nikolai Glazkov, Natalia Gorbanevskaia, Vsevolod Nekrasov, Bulat Okudzhava, Genrikh Sapgir and others), Ginzburg’s close connections to Rights activists helped make this poetry collection a landmark in early samizdat periodicals. This copy comprising issues No. 1 (1959) and No. 2 (1960) comes from the M. S. Sergienko collection (F. 92) at the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University.