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 СИРЕНА (THE SIREN), No. 1-2, 1962, Moscow and other cities, was produced by people who gathered at the Maiakovsky monument for informal poetry readings. Mikhail Kaplan edited СИРЕНА, which featured poetic works and charming illustrations by members of the “Maiakovtsy” group. Kaplan also selected literary items from the archive of the journal ФЕНИКС (PHOENIX) that were less overtly socio-political in character. Copies of СИРЕНА were sent to Riga, Leningrad and released in Moscow to be recopied and distributed. The copies presented here come from the V. Skuratovskii Collection (F. 30.87) at the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University.