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SUB-SUBSERIES Identifier: MS Russ 79

II.2.5. KGB, Supreme Soviet, Politburo material, 1967-1994.

Scope and Contents

Mostly photocopies from Presidential Archive of Russian Federation and Archive of the Federal Counterintelligence Service. Reports, protocols, surveillance materials, minutes, decrees (often declassified secret documents) concerning Sakharov and some of his fellow dissidents, authored by Soviet high officials; also includes some correspondence from Sakharov to authorities, and letters from Soviet citizens and several Westerners both in defense and in condemnation of Sakharov. The series covers period from 1967 to 1988 (also includes several documents of 1994), centering on 1970s, when Sakharov's human rights and political activities as well as his growing recognition on the West started drawing the close attention of Soviet authorities, and on the years of exile (1980-1986). Some materials in French, German and Italian. Manuscripts, typescript, printed materials. 1967-1994.


  • 1967-1994.

Language of Materials

The collection is predominantly in English and Russian; there is also material in Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material. Collection is open for research.

RESTRICTION: Series I.7, Family correspondence, is restricted until July 2021.

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Physical Location

b, Harvard Depository

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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