Samizdat and the Internet - A Comparison


Sharon Balazs

Samizdat - a word coined in the Russian language yet known to non-Russians around the world. For most, samizdat is associated with the underground publishing movement in the Soviet Union that acted as an avenue for protest and dissent right up until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Samizdat was a form and a process, a means of bypassing the traditional avenues of publishing. In the world today we have a similar tool for bypassing the traditional avenues of publishing - the Internet. In the following pages I will examine the history and characteristics of samizdat (in the Russian context) and will make comparisons and contrasts between it and the Internet.

Table of Contents:

  • Samizdat - a brief history
  • Samizdat - a brief description
  • The Internet - a brief history
  • Samizdat and the Internet - a comparison
  • Conclusion
  • Works Cited