Scholars and journalists have long encountered difficulty in obtaining current materials regarding the Soviet Union. They are peculiarly dependent upon following the Russian press closely for domestic developments, documents, statistics, indications of official attitudes and policies, and public declarations of the U.S.S.R.

It is to help meet this need that the Joint Committee on Slavic Studies, appointed by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, publishes this Current Digest.


The two most important Soviet newspapers, Pravda and Izvestia, are received by air mail. Their contents are utilized in the Current Digest within approximately one month after the date of their publication in Moscow. These two possess the highest authority among Soviet newspapers and print most of the general news and information carried by the Soviet press as a whole. The more important items from these two papers are given in full in the Current Digest. Others are condensed or are represented by headline and bibliographical reference in the Weekly Index.

The Current Digest also contains selections from approximately 60 other Soviet newspapers and magazines, which are not usually received in the United States by air mail. Because of the necessary time lag, only material of special or lasting interest to persons engaged in the study of Soviet developments is reprinted from these papers and magazines.

Quarterly Index

The translations in each issue are grouped under subject matter headings and indexed quarterly. The quarterly indexes to the Current Digest also cover the contents of major Soviet publications printed in English, as well as translations appearing in Soviet Studies (Glasgow). The indexes, separately bound, are sent to all subscribers.

Translation and Condensation

Since the Current Digest is intended to provide documentary materials, every effort is made to preserve the sense and spirit of the Russian text. Each item ...

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