Online Content: Russia, Eastern European, and other Eurasian Countries

East View's Universal Databases™

As the largest provider of authoritative information on Russia and the former Soviet Union, East View offers an innovative approach to electronic research. We maintain redundant hosted environments for this content in Minneapolis and Moscow on our Universal Database™ platform (UDB). To view these resources, please go to our Universal Database access portal.


Cambridge Archive Editions Online - The Slavic, Balkan & Caucasus Collection

These are unique historical reference materials on political, territorial, and ethnic issues from the 18th - 20th centuries. Some titles include diplomatic correspondence from the Balkan region, providing researchers with invaluable research material on ethnic boundary issues. The collection also includes materials focused on Armenia, other areas in the Caucasus, and Russia, which further address these important topics.

East View E-Book Collections

East View has assembled a collection of e-books on hundreds of topics from Russia’s premier scholarly publishers. East View e-books are accessible via East View’s familiar and easy-to-use UDB platform, allowing users to search within individual works, whole collections, and cross-search between collections. See our complete list of e-book collections.

Other e-book collections offered by East View include:

Current Affairs from Russia

Interfax News Bulletins

East View offers the most authoritative collections of Russian news reporting, produced by Interfax: Novosti Interfaksa (The News from Interfax), Diplomaticheskaia panorama (Diplomatic Panorama), Prezidentskii vestnik (Presidential Bulletin), VPK Rossii i eksport oruzhiia (The Military-Industrial Complex of Russia and Arms Exports), Voennye novosti (Military Newswire).

Russian Central Newspapers (UDB-COM)

Comprehensive coverage of national news, current events, economic developments and cultural events in Russia. Several English-language newspapers including The Moscow Times are included.

Current subscribers of UDB-COM may upgrade to our full-image version, UDB-COM +. The full-image enhancement delivers the day-to-day events as originally produced from Russia’s top newspapers.

Regional Russian Newspapers (UDB-REG)

Close-up coverage of developments throughout Russia. This database currently includes about 80 regional newspapers plus newspapers dealing with local issues of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Newspapers from the Northern Caucasus (UDB-NCAU)

Covers 19 newspapers from the most volatile area of Russia and former USSR - North Caucasus. Includes the two disputed breakaway republics of Georgia.

Russia/FSU Newswires (UDB-NEWS)

Includes several outstanding sources to follow the day-to-day developments in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

Universal Database of East View Press Publications

Covering eight English language journals published and/or available exclusively through East View Press. The database focuses on the geographic region of China, Russia and the former Soviet Union. Topics covered in the database include domestic policies, international relations, foreign policy, economics, military affairs, business and commerce, public health, the environment, social sciences, culture, geography, sustainability, and more.

Academic and Specialized Databases

Nauka Science, Technology and Medicine Databases

Presenting a database of Russia’s most important scientific research from the peer-reviewed journals of the prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences, published by the well-known Nauka Publishing House. The Nauka titles are now searchable and available online – for the first time internationally – on East View’s Universal Database platform, arranged into eight databases in all.

Russian Economics and Finance

These 20 titles are new to the East View UDB platform. Together they provide unique coverage of news and analysis on issues affecting the Russian economy — including banking, finance, and commerce.

Russian Islamic Studies

This database of full-image pdf files, with searchable text, is a collection of journals and newspapers published in Moscow, Nizhnii Novgorod and Makhachkala. This unique collection covers activities of Islamic organizations in Russia and abroad, political and economic developments in the Muslim regions of Russia, the state of Islamic education in Russia, and more.

Social Sciences and Humanities (UDB-EDU)

Journals on sociology, philosophy, history, economy, pedagogics, politology, and law. Many of the humanitarian periodicals are exclusive to this database, published by the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Moscow University Press (UDB-MGU)

Moscow State University publications on 25 different topics on mathematics, chemistry, economy, law, history, and more.

The St. Petersburg University Press (UDB-SPU)

Established in 1946, St. Petersburg University Press publishes educational and scientific literature on social and natural sciences, engineering and technology, written by professors and presented at St. Petersburg State University by masters and doctoral students. The full-text articles are in Russian, with abstracts in English, from 2013 to present.

Library and Information Sciences (UDB-LIB)

Current and archived materials from library journals published in all corners of Russia: from St. Petersburg to the Far East.

Russian Military and Security Periodicals (UDB-MIL)

Database of over 40 Russian military publications. Extraordinarily broad range of military texts, including central military journals and regional military district newspapers.

Russian Government Publications (UDB-GOV)

Comprehensive collection of publications from the Russian Duma.

Medicine and Public Health (UDB-MED)

Numerous medical and health publishers are at the core of this database. The research covers such problems as public health, infectious diseases, pharmacology, pediatrics, nursing, skin diseases and more.

Russian National Bibliography (UDB-BIB-Russia)

East View and the Book Chamber of the Russian Federation now offers access the most comprehensive bibliographic database in Russia.

Resources from Post-Soviet States

Ukrainian Publications (UDB-UKR)

Devoted exclusively to newspapers, journals and bibliographic titles published in Ukraine. It's robust capabilities allow users to search in Ukrainian, Russian or English across dozens of titles available exclusively from East View.

Publications from Central Asia and the Caucasus (UDB-CAC)

Monitoring today’s news in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus demands immediate access to a wide range of important publications. Researchers can now turn to East View as the rich value resource for extremely rare and influential publications from these regions.

Publications from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Baltics (UDB-EUR)

This full-text, with some full-image, electronic database contains about 15 active titles of official and independent newspapers and journals on current events, politics, economics, science, culture, and public life. The sources are in mostly in Russian, with a few notable exceptions. New titles such as Narodnaia gazeta from Minsk are featured here in addition to titles that were previously available in our UDB-CIS database, such as The Baltic Times.

Census and Statistical Publications

In 2014 the human migration from Ukraine to Russia, or from Russia to the West, or, in the case of Russia, the annexation of territory resulted in significant changes in population. Add the dramatic decline of both countries’ population due to lower birth rates, low life expectancies, unhealthy lifestyles and emigration, and the sum of these factors are important in determining population in today’s Russia and Ukraine.

To better understand the population issues in these two post-Soviet states, East View now offers the most recent and historical national population censuses of both countries in searchable PDF.

Statistical Publications from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (UDB-STAT-RUS)

Designed to optimize searching and browsing of statistical data, the database contains data from the State Committee of the Russian Federation on Statistics and the Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Statistical Publications from Ukraine (UDB-STAT-UKR)

This database contains the most comprehensive statistical data from the State Statistical Services of Ukraine. Analyze key economic, social, environmental trends and developments. An indispensable source of information on the economic and demographic situation in this part of the world.

2002 All-Russian Population Census (UDB-CENSUS)

Originally in Russian, East View has translated into English this exhaustive demographic snapshot of post-Soviet Russia.

Social Movements, Elections, Ephemera Collections

East View is leading the digital preservation and online availability of political ephemera and official results from recent election campaigns in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, and South Ossetia.

Online Archives and Complete Collections


The importance of Ogonek as a primary source for research into the Soviet Union and bolshevization of its cultural and social landscapes cannot be overestimated. Because of its mass circulation and popularity, it was able to unite Soviet Union’s geographically and culturally diverse population through culturally important and imposing narratives. Now available in full-image and searchable text.

Moscow News

Moscow News (pub. 1930-2014) was the oldest English-language newspaper in Russia and, arguably, the newspaper with the longest democratic history. From a mouthpiece of the Communist party to an influential advocate for social and political change, the pages of Moscow News reflect the shifting ideological, political, social and economic currents that have swept through the Soviet Union and Russia in the last century.

The Warsaw Pact Journal

Coalition strategy and operations are the main subject of a unique, highly secret and Soviet-led military-theoretical journal known colloquially as "ShOVS” - the Information Herald of the Staff of the Unified Armed Forces of the Warsaw Pact Member-States. The 40 volumes (more than 7,000 images) of Informatsionnyi sbornik contain unique and revealing articles, written by high-ranking Warsaw Pact officers.

Russkii Arkhiv

Russkii Arkhiv (Русскiй Архивъ) is a well-known historical and literary journal published in Moscow from 1863 to 1917. Founded by Pyotr I. Bartenev, Russkii Arkhiv presented a comprehensive picture of Russian cultural and political history between the 18th and 19th centuries.

Kino-zhurnal A.R.K.

Published by the of the Association of Revolutionary Cinematography, this magazine is where Russian/Soviet groundbreaking directors expounded on their art, reflecting the dynamic era of 1920s Soviet Russia. New theories simultaneously pushed the limits on and aligned with Soviet thought on film montage, and debate in the pages of the journal led to novel methods of movie editing and directing. The painter Kazimir Malevich also contributed, describing his views towards cinema as an art form.

Za Vozrashchenie Na Rodinu Digital Archive

Established under the watchful eye of the KGB, Za Vozrashchenie Na Rodinu Digital Archive (Return to the Motherland) was a newspaper created by the Cold War. Aimed at Russian emigrants throughout Europe in the post-war period and during the Cold War, the main objective of the newspaper was to create a favorable image of the Soviet Union and to criticize émigré organizations. The newspaper also played a role as an important anti-Western propaganda outlet.

Moscow Defense Brief Digital Archive

For more than a decade, Moscow Defense Brief has been an independent Russian source of unbiased analysis on all aspects of Russia's military policies and defense industry activities. East View has indexed the complete run of Moscow Defense Brief and loaded full-image, full-text files onto its Universal Database platform, allowing researchers to navigate and find the articles they need quickly and easily.

Krasnyi Arkhiv Digital Archive

Krasnyi arkhiv was produced by the Soviet Central Archives (later the Central Archival Administration) from 1922 until June 1941. Krasnyi arkhiv published important archival materials on the history of Tsarist Russia and the early years of the Soviet Union.

The Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection

East View's collection of 10 rare newspapers from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine covers the period of military hostilities between the unrecognized states and the government of Ukraine (2013-2015), including when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down near the city of Torez in the Donetsk Oblast. With sources primarily in Russian, this database allows analysts and researchers unprecedented access to articles and reports from these insurgent regions at the most important and critical junctures.

Niva Digital Archive

Niva was a very popular journal among the middle class in the Russian provinces from 1870 to 1918. The journal contained large colored prints by well-known Russian artists, works of famous Russian authors, as well as articles on science, politics and culture. The complete run of all 49 years are searchable on East View's UDB platform with a pre-reform Russian orthography keyboard.

LEF Digital Archive

The journal LEF (The Left Front) was published under two titles: LEF (1923-1925) and Novyi LEF (1927-1928). This complete archive includes both titles, both celebrated for coverage of Russian avant-garde art, poetry and literature of the early 20th century. Rich with photos and artworks exemplifying the era, the images are high-quality scans, with searchable text.

Russia Direct Digital Archive

Published monthly and in English, Russia Direct features reports from leading political figures, chief executives, academics and global affairs experts from Russia and abroad on the vital topics of world politics, international security, regional development, economy, successes and challenges of Russian politics. This collection covers the period 2013-2015.

Krokodil Digital Archive

Krokodil (Russian: "Крокодил", “Crocodile") was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union. Founded in 1922, it was first published as a supplement for Rabochaia gazeta. East View has digitized the complete archive of Krokodil as full-image, text-searchable files, which have been loaded onto our Universal Database platform.

Russkaia Literatura Digital Archive

This well-known journal of literary criticism features biographical information and criticism of Russian and Soviet authors in various genres. Published since 1958, researchers will find numerous research papers, discussion pieces, analytical articles and critical essays concerning classical and modern writers and poets of Russia.

Dostoyevsky Research Series

The series Dostoyevsky: Materialy i issledovania is a companion to the 30 volume Collected Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky . East View has combined the entire set of this important academic series into one single database.

Sovetskaia Kul'tura Digital Archive

Kul’tura, as it is known today, is the most important Soviet and Russian publication on culture from 1929 to the present, with reviews of major events in literature, theater, cinematography, and arts. For over 80 years Kul’tura has provided a unique perspective on ever-changing attitudes toward arts and culture in Soviet and Russian societies.

Iskusstvo Kino Digital Archive

The Iskusstvo Kino Digital Archive captures the complete run (1931 to present) of this esteemed monthly publication. Each issue has been scanned and edited by hand on an article‐driven platform so users can toggle between text and image, making it possible to view multiple pages of the same article.

Literaturnaia Gazeta Digital Archive

The most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, Literaturnaia gazeta remains popular among the intelligentsia in today's Russia. Spanning decades of Russia's literary and intellectual life, Literaturnaia gazeta often pushed the limits of censorship in expressing views on society, culture, art, and domestic policies. Commentary from preeminent authors, poets, and cultural figures were often published in the pages of Literaturnaia gazeta during Soviet times.

Izvestiia Digital Archive

Now the complete archive of Izvestiia, the Kremlin’s newspaper of record, is available online, from 1917. The Izvestiia Digital Archive is full-image with text, so the convenience of browsing full pages is similar to working with print originals, allowing users to browse, search and focus on graphic images and text.

Pravda Digital Archive

The most widely read and referenced news source from the Soviet era is now available online in full-image and searchable text. East View has converted Pravda microfilm to an online digital and searchable resource back to its inception in 1912 to present. Researchers will be able to search through the chief chronicle of Russian and Soviet history, from the beginnings of the Russian Revolution through World War II, the Cold War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and everything in between.

The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press Digital Archive

For over half a century, The Current Digest has selected content on the most important issues from the most authoritative Soviet and Russian press: newspapers, government reports of the day, and hundreds of other special interest journals and authoritative sources, and translated it into English. It is the only consistently published journal to document post-World War II history, from the testing of the Soviet atomic bomb to the collapse of an empire, to the present day. Subscribe to the full-text, full-image archive and access a treasure trove of history.

International Affairs Complete Collection

The most authoritative publication available in English on Russia's international affairs and foreign policy, International Affairs is the English-language edition of Mezhdunarodnaia zhizn’, the official journal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Contributors to International Affairs include high-ranking diplomats as well as prominent Russian political analysts from government, academic and policy institutes. Over 50 years of analysis and commentary is now available online, in full-text and full-image.

Military Thought Digital Archive

Military Thought, known in Russia as Voennaia mysl’, is the military theory journal of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation. This elite military journal was founded in 1918 and was classified for nearly 70 years. Since 1990, East View has published this journal in English translation as Military Thought

AAASS NewsNet Digital Archive

An online databases of the complete backfiles of the newsmagazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (now known the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) from 1960 to 2006. This is a repository of every page published in NewsNet. It may be the best electronic resource for documenting the evolution of Western scholarship in the fields of Slavic, Russian, Central European, and Eurasian studies.

Argumenty i fakty Digital Archive

This weekly newspaper based in Moscow once had the largest circulation of any periodical in the world. In 1990 AiF (its common abbreviation) was entered in the Guinness book of records for its print run of 33.5 million. During the Gorbachev era Argumenty i Fakty became one of the most important newspapers in the Soviet Union – a major tool in publicizing Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost.

Voprosy istorii

The oldest Soviet and Russian academic history journal, Voprosy istorii (“Issues of History”) has offered scholarly perspectives on events in Russia and the world since 1926. Published by the Russian Academy of Sciences, this legendary journal covering Russian and world history was first published under the title Istorik-Marksist (Marxist Historian, 1926-1941), then Istoricheskii zhurnal (History Journal, 1937-1945) and finally under the present title (since 1945). Now available online, in full text and full image.

Vestnik Evropy

Published in Moscow from 1802 to 1830, Vestnik Evropy was founded by Nikolay Karamzin, famous author and historian. Among the journal's contributors were the talented poets Zhukovsky, Derzhavin, Vyazemsky, Batyushkov, and others. Vestnik Evropy published the first poems of Aleksandr Pushkin in 1814. The Old (pre-revolutionary) Russian has been adapted into modern Russian orthography with support from the Institute of Russian Language in Moscow.

Voprosy literatury

Founded in 1957, soon after the 20th Congress of the Communist party of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the era known as the “thaw” in USSR cultural life. It soon evolved into a major discussion platform for literary critics and scholars. View the complete searchable digital archive of the influential, authoritative Russian journal of literary criticism and literature studies: Voprosy literatury from issue #1.

Also Available Through East View

TV Rain Research Database

Russia’s Only Independent Television Channel, Russian TV RAIN (ТВ ДОЖДЬ) channel, is now available for institutional access. Through a partnership between TV RAIN and East View, institutions may access the TV RAIN archive of thousands of TV programs, reports and interviews through an institution-wide site license via IP-authentication.

The Stalin Digital Archive

The result of years of collaboration between the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI) and Yale University Press, the Stalin Digital Archive (SDA) provides access to materials from Stalin’s personal archive and monographs on the history of Soviet and international communism. In addition, it seeks to advance research and teaching through new ways for scholars and students to interact with this content and to collaborate.

Bol’shaia igra (The Great Game) Complete Digital Archive

The journal Bol’shaia igra is a bimonthly analytical publication on domestic and foreign policies, military and state security, national and regional economy, statistics and demographic issues of the newly independent states of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan). East View offers access to a full-image pdf version of the print original, where users can browse images and search via text, dating back to 2007.

KODEKS: Russian Legislation

Major source for Russian legislation comprising hundreds of thousands of documents going back to 1991 with legislative acts issued by approximately 200 executive, legislative and judiciary bodies in Russia.


Labyrinth provides 25,000 biographies of Russian politicians, officials and business people. Includes descriptions and guides to all federal government bodies, administrative units of the Russian Federation, major businesses, political organizations and federal elections at all levels.


Ebart is a comprehensive online archive of news from Serbia, offering streaming views of broadcast media with searchable full text, and a databank of printed news media available in full text and discoverable by rich indexing. Ebart offers unique tools for researching politics and events in Serbia, with content in Serbian accessible via both English or Serbian interfaces.

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