Introduction from Web-Master
Most of the documents presented in this archive were discovered and secured
by a known soviet dissident, Vladimir Bukovsky
(Cambridge, England) back in Russia in 1992. Bukovsky
described his 1992 visit to Russia and the method he used to copy these documents
(some with high-security clearance) in his book "Moscow's
Process" (published in Russian by "Russkaya
Misl'" in 1996). Bukovsky's
book can be purchased from this newspaper
(e-mail to Pensee.Russe@wanadoo.fr
for more information). An English version of Vladimir Bukovsky's
book, to be called either "Judgment Day" or "Reckoning
with Moscow" will be published by
"Alfred Regnery (USA) and "John
Murray" (UK) (both are already on the list of amazon.com).
A majority of the documents presented in collection of "Soviet Archives" are secret documents of the Politburo, of the Secretariat of Communist Party, and others. They were sealed by Yeltsin, each for a period of 30 years from the date of origination. According to our friends living in Russia, even the documents with expired secrecy clearance are not easily available to the Russian citizens. We spent a lot of our free time to complete this enormous project and to post all these documents on the Internet because we believe that these "black" pages of Soviet history should be in the public domain.
Documents of the "Soviet Archives" collection are divided between 9 main subject directories which have specific sub-directories and are listed in chronological order. The selection of the documents to be included into each subject directory was done by Leonid Chernikhov. For more complete representation of the subject, some documents were included in one or even two subject directories. In such cases, cross-resferences are provided in [ ].
Web pages and Internet posting were done by Julia Zaks. Unfortunately, some of the posted documents are of poor quality resulting from poor quality of the originals scanned by V. Bukovsky in 1992 using old (1991 made) scanner. We tried our best to clean such documents, however, in some cases this was not possible. Please also note is that because all original documents were scanned and saved as graphic files to preserve their authenticity, it is not possible to use an Adobe search engine within these PDF formatted documents. Any suggestions, corrections (errors, including typos, etc.) and/or questions are welcome.
The foundations of this project has been laid by Vladimir Bukovsky. However, this is an open-ended, ongoing project. If other people will be willing to provide their archives/documents to be included in this collection, please contact web-masters.
Originally web-posted February 9, 1999