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General Links on the Soviet Period

Documents in Russian History
Translations or digitized texts of significant historical documents from Soviet and Imperial periods of Russian history.
Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online
Transcripts translated into English of 700 interviews conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early years of the Cold War, organized according to a rigorous social science framework. A unique source for the study of Soviet society between 1917 and the mid-1940s, it boasts vast amounts of one-of-a-kind data on political, economic, social and cultural conditions.
Historical Maps of Russia and the Former Soviet Republics
Robert Service - Reform in the Soviet Union: a tale with structure
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History

Revolutionary Russia and Early Bolshevik Regime

Early Soviet History
A website for those with serious interests in early Soviet history. With complete eTexts of John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World, Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution, and other works.
Abdication of Nicholas II and other documents
Count Paul Benckendorff - Last days at Tsarskoe Selo: personal notes and memories
V I Lenin Internet Archive
Leon Trotsky Internet Archive
Bukharin Archive
Marxist Writers Archive
Encyclopedia of Trotskyism On-Line
From Marx to Mao
Includes library of Lenin's and Stalin's works in English. Searchable.
Bolshevism: The road to Revolution
A history of the Bolshevik Party by Alan Woods (a good socialist site)
Lenin Museum website
Leon Trotsky - History of the Russian Revolution (1930)
Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden - The Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia (hagiography)
Biographies (brief) and pictures of certain Russian revolutionary leaders
Constitution of the RSFSR, 1918
Aleksandra Kollontai - memoir of October
P A Kropotkin - letter to Lenin on starvation amongst workers, 4 March 1920
P A Kropotkin - letter to Lenin against practice of hostage-taking, December 1920
V I Lenin - April Theses (1917)
V I Lenin - Letter to A M Gorky on Soviet policy towards the intelligentsia,
15 September 1919
Heather-Noel Schwartz - The Makhnovists and the Russian Revolution (includes some translations of documents)
V I Lenin - Letter to Molotov on anti-religious campaign 1922

Stalin's USSR

Joseph Stalin Reference Archive
J V Stalin biographical chronicle
Forced Labour Camps - online exhibition
"Memorial" Society English webpage
The Gulag Site
N I Bukharin's last plea (from the 1938 Trial of the Bloc of Rights and Trotskyists)
A K Cajander, Finnish Prime Minister, on Soviet attack (November 1939)
Collectivisation of agriculture - sample archive document
Feigin - Letter to S Ordzhonikidze on the results of collectivisation, 1932 (translated archive document)
Stalin-Hitler pact, 1939
J V Stalin - Dialectical and Historical Materialism (1938)
Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Centre (1936 show trial - published proceedings)
Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Centre - commentary by Gudrun Persson
Revelations from Russian Archives
From the Library of Congress: "This exhibit [is] the first public display of the hitherto highly secret internal record of Soviet Communist rule."

Post-Stalin Period

Brezhnev - "Brezhnev doctrine", 1968
N S Khrushchev - Speech at the Closed Session of the 20th Congress of the CPSU - excerpts
N S Khrushchev - Speech at the Closed Session of the 20th Congress of the CPSU - in full
M S Gorbachev's website
David R Marples - article on effects of Chernobyl on Belarus and Ukraine

For an index of sites on Russian history covering more than one period click here. For a list of major gateways to Russia-related sites, click here. See also Archives.
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