‘Sovetskaia kul’tura’ digital archive

Following acclaim from the trial Cambridge builds on its Slavonic archival collections with the ‘Sovetskaia kul’tura’ digital archive.

The archive comprises Kul’tura (Culture), 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).  This new digitization from EastView is a digital archive of the newspaper, from its earliest days up to late 2013. Only a very few issues of the newspaper are available in physical form in the University Library.

EastView describe the newspaper as 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-garde 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.”

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