4 Hum. Rts. Q. 124 (1982)
The Human Rights Literature of the Soviet Union

handle is hein.journals/hurq4 and id is 134 raw text is: PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE

The Human Rights Literature
of the Soviet Union
Richard Greenfield
This is the third column in a series which surveys professional human rights
literature throughout the world on a country-by-country basis (see Human
Rights Quarterly, volume 3, number 2, pp. 136-48 and volume 3, number 3,
pp. 129-39). Corrections, ommissions, and suggestions concerning this col-
umn should be brought to the attention of the Professional Literature Editor.
Address all correspondence to: Richard Greenfield, Assistant Law Librarian
for Foreign and International Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts 02138, U.S.A.
THE HUMAN RIGHTS LITERATURE OF THE SOVIET UNION
In discussing the human rights literature of any particular country, and
especially socialist countries, it is convenient to organize publications into
four broad categories: 1) native language works published domestically; 2)
foreign language works published domestically; 3) native language works
published abroad; and 4) foreign language works published abroad. This
column is primarily concerned with the description of materials which fall
within the first two categories; human rights literature published within a
particular country, without regard to the language of publication. In the
case of the Soviet Union, this means works published by state publishing
houses. It is true that much Russian (and Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and other)
language samizdat circulates clandestinely within the Soviet Union and it
can be argued that this is the truly professional human rights literature of the
country; however, most of these writings have only become widely known
and accessible in other parts of the world because they have been repub-
lished abroad. Major publishing houses involved in translation and republi-
cation of this literature include: Index on Censorship (London); Khronika

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