Bukovsky laid to rest

On Tuesday, 19 November 2019, Vladimir BUKOVSKY was buried in Highgate Cemetery, north London, after a service conducted by an Orthodox priest at the chapel nearby. Among those who spoke later at the funeral reception in Lauderdale House were Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar nation; journalist and veteran Soviet dissident Alexander Podrabinek; and … Continue reading Bukovsky laid to rest

Vladimir Konstantinovich BUKOVSKY

Belebei (USSR), 30 December 1942 — Cambridge (UK), 27 October 2019. Vladimir BUKOVSKY, once dubbed “a hero of almost legendary proportion among the Soviet dissident movement” by the New York Times, died of cardiac arrest in Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, England at 9:30 pm (Greenwich Mean Time) on 27 October 2019. He was 76. His … Continue reading Vladimir Konstantinovich BUKOVSKY

Secret Chernobyl

In Judgment in Moscow, Vladimir BUKOVSKY writes in passing with irony and scepticism of the Western reaction, in April 1986, to the explosion at the Chernobyl reactor and the behaviour of the Soviet leadership led by the "new Chichikov", Mikhail Gorbachev. Again and again, he notes disbelievingly, Western commentators urged that the new head of … Continue reading Secret Chernobyl

17 July 1979* (St 167/18) Coppola

Secretariat gives go-ahead for talks with director Francis Ford COPPOLA about making a joint Soviet-American feature film about disarmament. Includes 12 July memorandum from Culture and International Departments (p. 3), and letter from head of Goskino (pp. 4-5). [Russian: 17 July 1979, St 167-18], total 5 pp. =============== [page one of five] Workers of all … Continue reading 17 July 1979* (St 167/18) Coppola

16 May 1975* (1218-A/ov) Haddad

KGB report. ANDROPOV to BREZHNEV on transfer of arms to "trusted KGB intelligence agent W. HADDAD", head of PFLP-EO -- People's Liberation Front of Palestine-External Operations. [Russian: 16 May 1975, 1218-A-ov] ================== [one page] Special Importance Special File USSR Committee of State Security [KGB] of the USSR Council of Ministers 16 May 1975, No. 1218-A/ov … Continue reading 16 May 1975* (1218-A/ov) Haddad

18 January 1983* (Pb 94/52) PCI funding

Politburo decision. Highly classified Politburo document illustrating financial relations between the PCI (Italian Communist Party) and the Soviet Union. The amount in dollars was added by hand. [Russian: 18 January 1983, Pb 94-52] ================ [one page] Workers of all Lands, Unite! Must be returned within three days to the CPSU Central Committee (General Department, Sector … Continue reading 18 January 1983* (Pb 94/52) PCI funding

The Abuse of Psychiatry

The abuse of psychiatry for political purposes was widespread in the Soviet Union. One third of political prisoners were detained, often indefinitely, in psychiatric prison hospitals. All ten documents in this archive concerning this practice may be found in the thematic section of the contents index -- https://bukovsky-archive.com/3-6-the-abuse-of-psychiatry-for-political-purposes/  They include the key 1970 report by … Continue reading The Abuse of Psychiatry

The Soviet Union and Afghanistan (CWIHP)

Documents from the Bulletins of the the Cold War International History (CWIHP) Project Compiled and republished November 2001 (79 pp.) http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/e-dossier_4.pdf * BULLETIN 3 (Fall 1993) Soviet Policy in Afghanistan, 1979: A Grim Assessment 12 April 1979 -- Politburo, excerpt 149 from minutes, including 1 April 1979 report by A. Gromyko, Yu. Andropov, D. Ustinov … Continue reading The Soviet Union and Afghanistan (CWIHP)

16 December 1980* (St 241/108) Kalevi Sorsa

Secretariat Resolution. Ambassador to visit Kalevi SORSA, chairman of Finnish Social Democratic Party and "confidential contact", and congratulate him on his 50th birthday. Includes message to ambassador and preceding note (11 December 1980, 18‑S‑21) from CHERNYAEV, p. 3. [R 16 Dec 80,  St 241-108] total 8 pp. =================== [page one of eight] Workers of all … Continue reading 16 December 1980* (St 241/108) Kalevi Sorsa

Support the Nicaraguan Resistance (1985)

New York Times, 18 April 1985 (display advertisement) -- An Urgent Message from Europeans to Congress: Support the Nicaraguan Resistance -- Democracy itself is at stake in Nicaragua. After four years of dictatorship, the FSLN, the totalitarian ruling party, has not succeeded in breaking the resistance of the Nicaraguan people. After the relative liberalization represented … Continue reading Support the Nicaraguan Resistance (1985)

Punitive Psychiatry (1977)

Bloch and Reddaway, Russia’s political hospitals (1977), Foreword The peculiar features of the Soviet political system, the Communist ideology, the uncertainties and difficulties of the science of psychiatry, the labyrinths of the human conscience – all these have weirdly woven themselves together to create a monstrous phenomenon, the use of medicine against man. Paradoxical though … Continue reading Punitive Psychiatry (1977)