Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers
Collection Number: 2013C8
Creator: Dashkevich, Igor Aleksandrovich, 1956-2008.
6 manuscript boxes
(2.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, samizdat publications, and photographs, relating to political dissent in the Soviet Union, and to
the establishment of independent labor organizations in post-Soviet Russia.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.
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Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich, a Russian dissident and journalist, was a political activist from Saint Petersburg who was
involved in establishing independent trade unions and independent political and trade union publications during and immediately
after the collapse of the Soviet system.
As representative of the AFL-CIO in Saint Petersburg from 1993 to 1996, Dashkevich played an important role in uniting independent
labor unions in the mid-1990s: so many had sprung up by that time that no one could keep track of them. Through his periodical,
Nezavisimyi rabochii vestnik (Independent Worker's Herald), Dashkevich maintained contact with those trade unions and published a field guide to them,
making it possible for their leaders to contact one another other and seek ways to create a united labor front in Saint Petersburg.
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers include personal and biographical documents, correspondence, and published and unpublished manuscripts. The collection
documents the changing nature of samizdat publishing during the final years of Soviet rule and the emergence of an independent
press, with a wealth of materials on dissident life in Leningrad in the 1980s, reflected in memoirs, interviews, samizdat
publications, and other documents collected by Dashkevich.
The collection also includes information on workers' protests in the early 1990s, including Saint Petersburg teachers' strikes
(1991-92). Another side of his activity is seen in the materials relating to the Rubicon Library as he attempted to document
the newly burgeoning free press and publications by independent organizations and preserve their printed material in Western
libraries. The latest documents in the collection relate to Dashkevich's arrest for participating in political protests in
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Labor movement--Russia (Federation)