Biographic Directory of the USSR

Biographic Directory of the USSR

Biographic Directory of the USSR

Biographic Directory of the USSR

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The "Biographic Directory of the USSR" contains more than 2,000 biographies of living persons from every branch of Soviet activity -- political, educational, religious, scientific, economic and cultural. It is intended to be used as a handy reference work for journalists, radio and television commentators and students of Soviet affairs.

Compilation of the "Directory" presented great difficulties. The Soviet Union publishes no such directories as are normally available in other countries. Nor was it possible to obtain information by the method usual for such directories, by requesting biographical data from the persons concerned. In consequence, the information contained in the "Directory" has had to be gleaned by painstaking perusal of a great mass of Soviet encyclopedias, central and provincial newspapers, trade journals, conference reports, and other publications, for the entire period of the Soviet regime. In addition to the menbers of the Institute Research Section, who provided a large proportion of the biographies, many outside contributors were also called upon. In all, more than 75 specialists contributed articles.

Because of the difficulties encountered in collecting data, the biographies are, in spite of all efforts, neither as complete nor as accurate as the editors would wish. The editors hope, nevertheless, that the "Directory" will be of value, as it provides a comprehensive mass of material nowhere else available in a single volume. The cut-off date for most biographies is October 1, 1957, although a number have been up-dated to early 1958. It should be noted, in this connection, that most of the top Union Republican and provincial Communist Party officials were elected to the same posts during Party conferences and congresses in early 1958.

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