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Inventory of the Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers
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  • Title: Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers
    Date (inclusive): 1956-2008
    Collection Number: 2013C8
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes (2.9 linear feet)
    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
    Creator: Dashkevich, Igor Aleksandrovich, 1956-2008.


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich, a Russian dissident, journalist, and political activist from Saint Petersburg, 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 a representative of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (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 and seek ways to create a united labor front in Saint Petersburg.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Igor Aleksandrovich Dashkevich include personal and biographical documents, correspondence, and published and unpublished manuscripts. The collection, through memoirs, interviews, samizdat publications, and other materials collected by Dashkevich, documents the changing nature of samizdat published during the final years of Soviet rule and the emergence of an independent press with a wealth of publications on dissident life in Leningrad in the 1980s.
    The collection also includes information on workers' protests in the early 1990s, including the Saint Petersburg teachers' strikes (1991 to 1992). Another side of Dashkevich's 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 2007.
    Whenever possible, the original folder titles given by the creator have been maintained (in transliterated Russian on the physical folders, translated into English in this guide). Within individual folders, materials have been kept in their original order as accumulated by the creator.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dissenters--Soviet Union.
    Labor movement--Russia (Federation)
    Journalism--Soviet Union.
    Journalism--Russia (Federation)