Argumenty i fakty, a weekly newspaper based in Moscow, once had the largest circulation of any periodical in the world – in 1990 it was even entered in the Guinness book of records for its print run of 33.5 million. Founded by the Russian organization “Knowledge” (Znanie), the newspaper’s original goal was to provide propagandists with statistical and other hard-to-find information. 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.
The Argumenty i fakty digital archive contains all obtainable published issues (1983 on, approx. 99,000 articles), with an additional year’s worth of content added on an annual basis. The archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full-text articles, with full page-level digitization and complete original graphics for later years. The archive has searchable text, and is cross-searchable with numerous other East View digital resources.
The Argumenty i fakty digital archive is a part of the East View Global Press Archive®, which is the result of a landmark initiative of Stanford Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to digitally preserve and make more accessible thousands of original print newspaper publications collected by the Hoover Institution and now housed by Stanford Libraries.