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A Rare Chronicle of KGB-Persecution of Religious, Ethnic, and Other Activist Groups in the Soviet Union

Vesti iz SSSR. Prava cheloveka. USSR News Brief. Human Rights. Nos. 5-8, 1980; nos. 6-11, 13-15, 23/24, 1981; 2-8, 1983; 15-16, 1984.

Munich: self-published, 1980-1984. Octavos (21 × 15 cm). Original printed self-wrappers; 8 pp. per issue. One issue incorrectly assembled and lacking inner leaf with four pages; else very good copies.

Twenty-two issues spanning four years of this bi-monthly human rights bulletin, which alerted the public and the international community to politically motivated arrests and the imprisonment of individuals in the Soviet Union. The bulletin was published 1978-1987 by the Soviet dissident and human rights activist Kronid Lyubarsky (1934-1996) in Munich. An astrophysicist working on the Soviet exploration of Mars, Lyubarsky became active in the human rights movement, publishing the famous human rights samizdat journal “Chronicle of Current Events” in the 1960s along with other prominent scientists such as Andrei Sakharov. Lyubarsky was arrested and imprisoned for his activities in 1972-1977. After his release he sought asylum in West Germany, where he proceeded to publish this bulletin, subsequently used as a reference by a variety of human rights organizations, international courts and the US Congress. The issues document recent arrests, court orders, and the persecution of various minorities, individuals suspected of nationalist activity in the Soviet republics, especially in the Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Jewish organizations. With articles on systematic arrest of Baptists, Jehova’s Witnesses, feminist groups, ecological and medical activists, as well as detailed reports on other Soviet dissidents such as updates on the cases of Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner. The small volumes are a powerful testimony of the human rights abuses of the late-Soviet era.

Most institutions only hold the 1989 reprint produced in Brussels, but not the original issues printed in Munich by Lyubarsky, which are also rarely seen in the trade.

Book ID: 51235

Price: $650.00