The Current Digest of the Russian Press

Weekly translations of authoritative Russian primary source materials

The Current Digest of the Russian Press is a leading publication in the field of Soviet/Russian area studies. Each week, it presents a selection of Russian-language press materials, carefully translated into English. Intended for use in teaching and research, the translations are thus presented as documentary materials without elaboration or commentary, and state the opinions and views of the original authors, not the publishers of the journal.

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.

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  • ISSN (print): 2159-3612
  • ISSN (online): 2159-3639
  • Language: English
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Year first published: 1949

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

The Current Digest continues to provide comprehensive coverage of developments in post-Soviet Russia. With clearly delineated subject headings, The Current Digest covers such key topics as economics, politics and political reform, foreign policy, international affairs, legal reform, public health, and other social, cultural and legal issues.

Current issues of The Current Digest 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.

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