Sovetskaia kul’tura Digital Archive (1929-2013)

Trial access is now available for Kul’tura (Culture) until 28 February 2014.

Moscow subway station, Okhotny Ryad, escalator ca. 1935, Municipal Archives of Trondheim, Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/trondheim_byarkiv/

Kul’tura (Culture) is an important Russian weekly newspaper previously published under the titles Rabochii i iskusstvo (1929-1930), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1931-1941), Literatura i iskusstvo (1942-1944), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1944-1952) and Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991).

In 1944, only 8 issues of Sovetskoe iskusstvo were published. The lack of database content for this period is not a gap, but reflects the publication schedule during these challenging years.

An indispensable source of information on the developing and ever changing attitudes towards arts and culture in the Soviet and Russian societies. Throughout the years the newspaper articles reviewed major events in Russian cultural life, in literature, theater, cinematography and arts. In the Soviet period it published critical diatribes against dissident writers Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Aksyonov and others, infamous articles condemning modern art exhibitions, chastising avant-guard composers and abstract painters. In modern Russia its reviews and event listings often focus on the cultural life of Moscow and regions, it is known for its topical commentaries on popular culture and politics.

Access the trial now via this link.

Please send feedback on the trial before the end of 10 th February 2014 to slavonic@lib.cam.ac.uk

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