“In March 1953, after Stalin’s death, the chief editor of the weekly Literaturnaya Gazeta Konstantin Simonov wrote that the main task of Soviet literature henceforth would be to understand Stalin’s role in Russian history. He had no idea how right he would be!” writes Alexander Cherkasov.
“It was literature that fostered the growth of interest in history at the end of the 1980s: memoirs and fiction, from Shalamov and Solzhenitsyn to Iskander and Rybakov; works published internally as samizdat and as tamizdat abroad that later spilled onto the pages of the literary journals of the perestroika era. The time for historians would come later.” Continue reading
Writer Ludmila Ulitskaya in
the courthouse corridor on 11 October 2017.
This 4-minute clip from the Meduza news website also includes footage of Dmitriev on Solovki, and speaking at at Sandarmokh on 5 August 2014. Continue reading
Writer, Nobel-Prize laureate
The writer at home in Moscow; a 16-minute statement:
writer, literary specialist and TV presenter
On 20 June, appeals in support of Yury Dmitriev were broadcast by writer Dmitry Bykov and musician Boris Grebenshchikov on the Echo Moskvy radio station. On its website the radio station also published a list of several hundred people who have signed a petition in support of the historian.