The Caryatids Speak

by Marjorie FARQUHARSON (1980) The first feminist journal has appeared unofficially in the Soviet Union. It is called Zhenshchina i…

Khrushchev in retirement

By Roy MEDVEDEV (1979) On 2 October 1964, shortly after his meeting with Sukarno, Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev flew south for…

Muslims on Faked Charges

Yelena RYABININA and Svetlana GANNUSHKINA, The Civic Assistance Committee (2005) In many Russian regions there is currently a concerted drive…

Media as Mouthpiece

Alexei SIMONOV (2005) After a decade of freedom, the government has taken the national media firmly back under its wing.…

Sakhalin, today (2001)

INVESTORS from Japan and the USA are eyeing the oil and gas fields off Sakhalin’s east coast and squaring up…

Off-Gogol

The Government Inspector (In a translation by Marjorie Farquharson.) ACT ONE A room in the Provost’s house. Scene 1 The…

Leonard Ternovsky, 1933-2006

“A word already spoken, lives on”, Academician Andrei Sakharov said from exile in the dark days of 1980. “The human…

Tatyana Velikanova, 1932-2002

Tatyana Velikanova’s intelligent smiling face came out of the shadows only in 1979 when she was arrested for the most…

The President’s Man

A short story (2003) When Shodo came in from the cumquat grove his wife said there had been a strange…

“Komissarzhevskaya”

by Osip Mandelstam (1925) I would rather not talk about me, but track the route of the age. The roar…

The Slow Burn

A short story (1990) Black people lived on one side of the row and white people on the other, with…

School Notes 1967-1968

From Marjorie’s exercise book: Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Class 4J (1967-1968) 1967 October 17th: …The dictionary definition of the word…

Into the Future

An interview with Anna POLITKOVSKAYA (2005) Index on Censorship took advantage of the presence of Russian — and other one-time…

Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006)

The Russian investigative journalist, who received an ovation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2005, was shot dead in…

In a World of Objects

In spring this year [1992] I returned from 15 months’ living in Moscow, where I set up the first office…

Remembering Marjorie

Irina SAFRONOVA. Marjorie and I met in 1991 in Moscow when Marjorie was setting up an Amnesty office there. For…

Moscow Diary (2018)

The diary Marjorie kept in 1991-1992 as she established Amnesty International’s Office in Moscow, a unique venture during a fascinating…

At the funeral

Three Poems. “He who has mastered himself” (Lao Tzu)   “On The 100th Anniversary Of Anna Akhmatova” (Joseph Brodsky)  …

A remarkable person

Ian MARTIN. It was my privilege to work with a great group of committed people at the International Secretariat, and…

Happy Times

Marjorie was born in Glasgow on the 11 August 1953, one of Nellie Milne and Alexander Farquharson’s three children. When…

The Weather Station (story)

Well, I really liked Igor Anatolievich.  He could read a cloud formation as clearly as the expression on your face,…

Diary: After the Dictator

by Farid TUKHBATULLIN (2007) The inauguration of the new president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, on 14 February this year excited the world…