The Current Digest of the Russian Press Digital Archive

An unprecedented collection of translations of authoritative Soviet and Russian primary source materials

For nearly 70 years, The Current Digest has selected content on the most important issues from the most authoritative Soviet and Russian newspapers 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. Founded in 1949, the journal was first published as The Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991), followed by The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010), and now The Current Digest of the Russian Press. Each week The Current Digest presents a selection of Russian-language press materials, carefully translated into English. The translations are intended for use in teaching and research and are therefore presented as documentary materials without elaboration or comment, and state the opinions and views of the original authors, not of the publisher of the journal.

Current issues of The Current Digest of the Russian Press include content from such news sources as: Ekspert, Izvestiia, Kommersant, Meduza, Moscow Times, New Times, Nezavisimaia gazeta, Novaia gazeta, RBC Daily,, Rossiiskaia gazeta, Sovetskaia Rossiia, Trud, and Vedomosti.

Current Digest of the Russian Press

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1949-2021
  • Language: English
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • City: Minneapolis
  • Format: full text and full image; later issues are PDF, article-based
  • Publisher: East View Press
  • Producer: East View Information Services
  • Platform: East View Universal Database

About the Archive

Encompassing the entire run of the journal, The Current Digest of the Russian Press digital archive is a comprehensive retrospective digest of the news presented to the Soviet and Russian public for more than a half-century, from the beginnings of the Cold War through the emergence of Russia in the new balance of power.

Articles translated for The Current Digest include important news and information from the leading dailies and government reports of the day. During the Soviet era, hundreds of other special interest journals and authoritative sources were also scoured for relevant articles to include.

Along with general news articles, The Current Digest carried translations of all important documents of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Soviet government, providing an impressive documentary record of:

  • All significant speeches by Soviet leaders
  • Meetings of all Party congresses, including the 1956 20th Party Congress and Nikita Khrushchev’s “secret speech” denouncing the Stalinist “cult of personality”
  • All five-year plans and reports on plan fulfillment
  • All important Soviet laws, including initial drafts, official public discussion of the drafts, and final versions as adopted by the USSR Supreme Soviet
  • Soviet diplomacy, Soviet-US summits and other meetings of Soviet leaders with their foreign counterparts
  • All Soviet treaties, including arms-control treaties, and all major foreign-policy developments, from the Cuban missile crisis through the Soviet war in Afghanistan and withdrawal from that country

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