Overview of the Vadim Vasil'evich Volkov papers

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Title: Vadim Vasil'evich Volkov papers
Date (inclusive): 1989-2008
Collection Number: 2013C31
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes (1.6 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Minutes, manifestos, programmatic statements, internal documents, and printed matter, relating to political activities of the Leningradskiĭ narodnyĭ front and of the Rossiĭskai͡a ob'edinennai͡a sot͡sial-demokraticheskai͡a partii͡a and its predecessors, and to trade unions in Russia.
Creator: Volkov, Vadim Vasil'evich, 1944-2010
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives.


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Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2013.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vadim Vasil'evich Volkov papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Biographical / Historical

Vadim Vasil'evich Volkov (1944-2010), a Leningrad/St. Petersburg political figure, was active in the late- and post-Soviet political opposition and trade union movements. He helped form the Leningrad Popular Front (Leningradskii narodnyi front) in 1988 and in 1990 worked with the Movement for Democratic Reform (Dvizhenie demokraticheskikh reform) and later the Yabloko political party. In 1994 he joined the Social Democratic Party of Russia (Sotsial-demokraticheskaia partiia Rossii), which later split; he then became one of the founders of the Social-Democratic Union of St. Petersburg (he also became editor of the union's newspaper). In 2000, partly as a result of Volkov's efforts, his and other social-democratic parties combined to form the Russian United Social-Democratic Party (Rossiiskaia ob"edinennaia sotsial-demokraticheskaia partiia). Aside from party activities, he participated in the organizational work of trade unions, where he was known for his centrist views and antagonism to extremists.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains minutes of meetings of the various political parties and groups to which Volkov belonged, as well as manifestos, programs, and other materials derived from social-democratic activity. A small but significant part of the collection concerns the emergence of the Leningrad Popular Front and related organizations during the perestroika period. There is also a good deal of printed matter (serials and ephemera) produced by social-democratic organizations and trade unions, most of it rare and unique outside the Russian Federation.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Labor movement -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Rossiĭskai͡a ob'edinennai͡a sot͡sial-demokraticheskai͡a partii͡a
Leningradskiĭ narodnyĭ front