Publications, broadcasts, stories, journalism, translations, reviews

Human Rights

Monthly briefing papers on human rights in the USSR, published in Index on Censorship, ed. Philip Spender, UK (1984-1985)

“Index/Index”, bi-monthly human rights diary, published in Index on Censorship, ed. Philip Spender, UK (1984-1985)

Around 50 original research reports of Amnesty International on USSR (1980-1990). These included:

  • Annual Reports;
  • Reports on specific imprisoned groups;
  • Analyses of specific legislation and its implementation to curb human rights
  • Reports on torture and the death penalty as used against Soviet prisoners
  • “Human Rights in a Time of Change”: assessment of legal change under Gorbachev

“Amnesty International is against murder by law”, Social Sciences and the Modern World, issue 6, 1991 [in Russian]

Weekly 5-minute broadcast on human rights [in Russian] on Radio Rossiya 1991-1992

Weekly telephone reports on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Russian), from Croatia, broadcast by BBC Russian Service (1993-1994)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia E/CN.4/1993/50 (1993)

Situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia A/RES/48/153

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia AS/49/641.S/1994/1252

Letter from the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia E/CN.4/1994/130

Periodic Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia E/CN.4/1994/3

2nd Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia E/CN.4/1994/4

Deadly secrets. Tajikistan: The Death Penalty in the Law and Practice, Amnesty International Publications, September 2002

Rough Justice: The law and human rights in the Russian Federation, Amnesty International Publications, October 2003

Uzbekistan in pursuit of refugees in Kyrgyzstan, Amnesty International Publications, September 2005

“Sexual Minorities and the Republic of Uzbekistan”, IRCSM, December 2005

Child Soldiers Report, 2008 (Chapters on Russian Federation, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Mongolia)

Statelessness in Central Asia, UNCHR, 2011

Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in Europe (2011), the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner (Chapters on: “Access to Goods & Services”, “Privacy”, “Gender Recognition & Family Life”)

Global Report on Child Soldiers, 2012 (Entries on Estonia, Lithuania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Russian Federation)

Journalism

“The Caryatids Speak”, article on Soviet feminist group, published in Index on Censorship, ed. Philip Spender, UK June 1980

“A Very Pressing Issue”, a feature on the death penalty, in Russian, Journal of Social Sciences of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow. October 1991

“An overview of Russia: 1992”, published in Keesings Archive, UK, January 1993

“Russia: January 1993”, published in Keesings Archive, UK, February 1993

 “In a World of Objects”, a comparison of cultures in Moscow and London, The Friend journal in February 1993, reprinted in Index on Censorship, UK June 1993

A remarkable trajectory: an appreciation of the life of Moscow astrophysicist, Dr Kronid Lyubarsky”, published in The Independent (London) June 1996

Special Issue on North Caucasus, Institute of War and Peace Reporting, ed. Anthony Borden, UK July 1996

“Aux Larmes, Citoyens!”, analysis of French PACS legislation, published in The Pink Paper, UK 19 May 2000

The Freight & the Groove”, published in German,  40th anniversary festschrift of Amnesty International, Voorberg Verlag, 10 December 2000

Sakhalin, today”, published in the British Journal of General Practice, June 2001

A Case against NATO”, published online by Institute of War and Peace Reporting, 5 December 2001

“Kalashnikov v. the Russian Federation”, published online by Radio Free Europe, 12 December 2001

Russia on the Rack over Torture”, Asia Times, 17 December 2001

The Demise of the Russian President’s Pardon Commission“, published online by Radio Free Europe, 21 January 2002

“Russia’s Ombudsmen: At the Cross Roads”, published online by Radio Free Europe, April 2002

Tatyana Velikanova (obituary)” , The Independent (London) 2 October 2002

“Tatyana Velikanova: Tribute to a Human Rights Pioneer”, published online by Radio Free Europe October 2002

Four Ex-Soviet States and the Death Penalty”, published in the Helsinki Monitor Quarterly, July 2003

“The Russian Code of Criminal Procedure is One Year Old”, published online by Radio Free Europe, July 2003

“Stranded in the Past”, Learning Disability Practice (Vol. 6, issue 10, pp 6-7), December 2003 

Larisa Bogoraz (obituary)”  published in The Independent (London), 10 April 2004

Leonard Ternovsky (obituary)”, published in The Independent (London), 20 March 2006

Into the Future: Reinventing Russia”, interviews with Anna Politkovskaya, Ilya Khrzanovsky, Andrey Kurkov Alexander Garros and Alexey Yevdokimov at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2005, published in Index on Censorship  

Anna Politkovskaya (obituary)”, published in The Herald (Glasgow), 18  October 2006

“Ruchnamania: Fantasies of a dictator”, (interview with Farid Tukhbatullin, Turkmenistan), Index on Censorship, November 2006, Volume 35, issue 3

Closed TerrainIndex on Censorship, November 2006, volume 35, issue 3

Valery Abramkin (obituary)”, published in The Herald (Glasgow), 18 February 2013

Moscow Diary, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2018 (published posthumously)

Creative Fiction

Gatherings, a Quaker journal of poetry and art, 1980

English sub-titles for Russian film The Red Horse fronted by TV presenter Marina Moskvina, Moscow, July 2003

The Weather Station”, short story broadcast on “Off the Shelf”, BBC World Service, & winner of the 2000 BBC Short Story Competition, 7 November 2000

Translations

“Theory of Analytical Art” by Soviet avant-garde painter Pavel Filonov, Leonardo magazine, ed. Avril Pyman, UK 1976

Articles by non-conformists historians Alexander Nekrich & Roy Medvedev, Index on Censorship, ed. Philip Spender, UK 1978

USSR News Brief, fortnightly Russian-language human rights bulletin, edited and published by Dr Kronid Lyubarsky, Munich 1978-1990

“The Ministry of Truth Mobilizes its Workers” by  Boris Kagarlitsky, Index on Censorship, ed. Philip Spender, UK May 1993

“Notes by Your Contemporary” by Nadezhda Grankina, in Till My Tale is Told: Women’s Memoirs of the Gulag, ed. Simeon Vilensky, Indiana University Press (USA) and Virago (UK) 1999

The Steel Windpipe” by Mikhail Bulgakov, with Dr Iain Bamforth, British Journal of General Practice, UK December 2000

The Killer” by Mikhail Bulgakov, in the collection The Body in the Library: A Literary Anthology of Modern Medicine, Verso Publishers, UK, November 2003

Excerpt from  “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol, Moscow, 1836, in the collection The Body in the Library: A Literary Anthology of Modern Medicine, Verso Publishers, UK, November 2003

Media as Mouthpiece: The government has taken the national media firmly back under its wing” by Alexei Simonov, Index on Censorship, 2005, volume 34, issue 4 

Muslims on Faked Charges” by Svetlana Gannushkina and Yelena Ryabinina, Index on Censorship, 2005, volume 34, issue 4

Diary: After the Dictator” and “Operating on a Dog” by Farid Tukhbatullin, Index on Censorship, 2007, volume 36 , issue 2

Overcoming Totalitarianism: An attempt at identifying the terrain” by Sergei Averintsev, Index on Censorship, 2010

The Egyptian Persuasion” by Osip Mandelstam, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, volume 33, Nos 1&2, New York, 2013

Book Reviews

Review of literature on psychiatric abuse, Religion in Communist Lands, ed. Jane Ellis, UK 1984

The following reviews were published in the Circe periodical, Strasbourg, France, 1998-2000.

  • “N.P.” by Banana Yoshimoto, January 1998
  • “Serpent in Paradise” by Dea Birkett, February 1998
  • “The Time in Aderra” by Anne Schlee, April 1998
  • “Jack Maggs” by Peter Carey, June 1998
  • “Land of Green Plums” by Herta Muller, August 1998
  • “The House Gun” by Nadine Gordimer, September 1998
  • “Precious Lives” by Margaret Forster, March 1999
  • “The Underpainter” by Jane Urquhart, September 1999
  • “Don Rigoberto’s Notebooks” by M V Llosa, October 1999
  • “Pushkin’s Button” by Serena Vitale, June 2000