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Ogonek Digital Archive (1923-2020)


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Online-Service mit Zugang zu sämtlichen Ausgaben der illustrierten Zeitschrift "Ogonjok" von 1923 bis 2020 im kombinierten Volltext- und Faksimileformat. Ogonek ist eine der ältesten Wochenzeitschriften Russlands und stellt eine Hauptquelle für die Erforschung der Sowjetunion und die Bolschewisierung ihrer Kultur- und Soziallandschaften dar. Sie entwickelte sich zu einer einflussreichen und weit verbreiteten sowjetischen Publikation, die 1986 zum "Flaggschiff" der Reformanhänger und damit der Perestroika wurde. Abgedeckter Zeitraum: 1923-2020.

Ogonek Digital Archive (1923 to present)

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East View Publications

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Ogonek is one of the oldest weekly magazines in Russia, having been in continuous publication since 1923. Ogonek had rather inauspicious beginnings. Unlike Pravda or Izvestiia, born, as they were, in the cauldrons of the Russian Revolution, Ogonek, soon after its birth in 1923, came to serve one grand purpose only – to fulfill the task of cultural validation and legitimation of the Soviet system.

Ogonek would serve its mission with certain aplomb and sophistication. Lacking the crudeness and the bombast of the main organs of Communist Party propaganda, Ogonek was able to become one of the most influential shapers and reflectors of the public character of the Soviet culture. Every self-respecting Soviet intellectual was expected to read Ogonek if he or she was to stay informed about the cultural world in which he or she lived and moved.

Ogonek Digital Archive

The Ogonek digital archive contains all obtainable published issues from 1923 to present.

The Ogonek digital archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text, and is cross-searchable with numerous other East View digital resources.

More About Ogonek

The importance of Ogonek as a primary source for research into the Soviet Union and bolshevization of its cultural and social landscapes cannot be overestimated. Because of its mass circulation and popularity, it was able to unite Soviet Union's geographically and culturally diverse population through culturally important and imposing narratives. If in the West, and especially in the United States, cultural trends were the result of complex negotiations between market research, supply, and demand, in the Soviet Union cultural trends were more or less state approved top-down affairs. Ogonek was an important vehicle for the conveyance of the Soviet cultural idiom to the reading public.

Throughout its illustrious history Ogonek came to publish original works by such Soviet cultural luminaries as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Isaac Babel, Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the photographer Yuri Rost, and others. Ogonek grew into an influential and widely read Soviet publication, experiencing the peak of its popularity at the hands of its editor Vitaly Korotich in 1986 at the height of perestroika. Korotich, inspired by the newfound political liberties turned the journal into a flagship of glasnost, a lively space for edgy political commentary, criticism, and satire, thus becoming a robust platform for intellectual debate.

After undergoing financial and creative crisis in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which saw a steep decline in readership, Ogonek has now rediscovered its creative zest under a new leadership and management, once again becoming an important forum for cultural and political intellectual exchanges.

Important Highlights

  • Ogonek is one of the most important sources of photographic and visual representation of life in the Soviet Union, much akin to LIFE magazine in the United States. It attracted some of the best photographers in the USSR such as Yevgeny Khaldei, Max Alpert, Alexander Rodchenko, et al., publishing their works regularly. Thus, Ogonek represents a treasure trove of photo-documentation of life in the Soviet Union.
  • From its inception it had several features that helped shape and elevate the cultural discourse in the USSR becoming in a sense an influential cultural tastemaker. Some of the features were the following: a refined literary language (although it contained elements of official praise); short stories and poems, much like one sees in The New Yorker; quality reproductions of European, Russian, and Soviet art, etc.
  • Even during the difficult years of the WWII Ogonek did not cease publication, and thus it is an invaluable repository of primary source material for both visual and textual study of that crucial period of Soviet and Russian history.
  • Ogonek was there at the inception of the Soviet Union, and there again during its demise. As such it is an especially important source of content analysis charting the evolving cultural, social, and political discourse of the USSR. By studying the content of Ogonek, scholars and researchers will be able to pinpoint with some precision the periods of the emergence of certain cultural, literary, political trends and the abandonment of others when they were no longer deemed important, fashionable or were even dangerous. In short it provides an important story arc from the rise of the Soviet Union to its demise to Russia's post-Soviet experiments with democratization and the rise of Vladimir Putin.

Key Stats

  • Archive: 1923-2020
  • Language: Russian
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • City: Moscow
  • Format: PDF, page-based
  • Producer: East View Information Services
  • Platform: East View Universal Database

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