. It is reviewed this week by Regnum’s Andrey Martynov ().
The book’s chapter on samizdat in Russian regions, pages 132-172, the reviewer notes, are particularly interesting. There, Rusina finds that student and publicistic periodicals were the most important forms, including the almanac Nashe tvorchestvo which arose in 1946, the journal Vskhody and V poiskakh which appeared a decade later, and the wall newspaper, BOKS.
Rusina gives details and even texts from these and stresses that they showed that while their authors shared many of the same views as the samizdat producers in Moscow, they also displayed important regional differences reflecting the concerns of people in “the provinces” (Martynov’s term).
As such, this book deserves to be integrated into studies of samizdat and the evolution of public opinion in Russia in the last decades of Soviet times.