Trial access to Sovetskaia kul’tura digital archive in February 2014

The current weekly Russian newspaper Kul’tura (Culture) was published during the Soviet period under a variety of titles, the longest-standing of which was Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991). The latest database 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.

Please send feedback on the trial to slavonic@lib.cam.ac.uk by Monday, 10 February 2014. This date is determined by deadlines for the Library’s Accessions Committee, which will decide whether or not to purchase permanent access. The trial will run until the end of February 2014, but readers’ comments must be submitted by the 10th. The trial can be accessed through the following link: http://ezproxy.lib.cam.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://dlib.eastview.com/browse/udb/1790

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

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.”

Mel Bach

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