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New publication: Internationalism or Russification: A study in the Soviet nationalities problem

21 March 2024
Internationalism or Russification

Our new book is a republication of Internationalism or Russification: A study in the Soviet nationalities problem, Ivan Dzyuba’s classic 1965 samizdat denouncing national oppression of Ukraine by the USSR. 

In the book, Dzyuba describes how the USSR developed a relationship of Russian great-power chauvinism and oppression towards other republics and in particular Ukraine. Dzyuba calls for a return to the policies towards non-Russian nationalities under Lenin which were granted statehood and self-determination. Dzyuba analyses from a Marxist position the national and cultural policy of the Soviet Union in Ukraine. Internationalism or Russification? was then distributed as a samizdat, and was first published abroad in 1968. In 1972, Dzyuba was expelled from the Writers’ Union and subsequently arrested and sentenced to five years imprisonment. Ivan Dzyuba died on the 22 February 2022 at the age of 91 on the eve of the invasion of his country by Russia. 

With the invasion of Ukraine, Putin has carried on the Russian great-power chauvinism of the Tsars and Stalin. This book documents in great detail the oppression of Ukraine and is as relevant today as when it first appeared. 

This new edition includes a preface by John-Paul Himka and an introduction on the book and its author by Bohdan Krawchenko.
Click here to buy the book.

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