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Russian Language Canadian Periodicals at LAC: Annotated Bibliography

See also: The Russian-Canadian Press: Historical Overview


Introduction

The following is an annotated bibliography that explores the history of the Russian press in Canada as reflected in the collection of Library and Archives Canada. Included here are descriptions of periodical content and coverage, target audience and unique publication elements. This resource is designed to assist LAC clients with an interest in genealogical, historical and sociological research.


Bibliography

Title:

Bor'ba (The Struggle)

AMICUS No:

5186489 Serial

Published:

1947 - unknown

Publisher:

SBONR Publications: London, Ont.

Frequency:

Irregular

Editor:

Editorial board

Language:

Russian

Notes:

Six issues available: May and August 1980; May and September 1981; one issue each in 1982 and 1983
This is an anti-Soviet political journal put out by Souiz Bor'by za Osvobozhdenie Narodov Rossii (United Struggle for Freedom of the Peoples of Russia)

Content:

  • Political editorials
  • Articles on the role of Russian émigrés in the fight against the Soviet regime
  • Personal stories
  • Reviews of books
  • Lists of books published by SBONR
  • Analysis of important events in the history of Russia
  • Russian Orthodox Church news

Title:

Doukhoborcheskii Rassvet (Doukhobors' Dawn)

AMICUS No:

12484545 Serial

Published:

1954 - unknown

Publisher:

Thrums, B.C.

Frequency:

Every two months

Editor:

P.N. Maloff

Language:

Russian

Notes:

Only two issues available: September/October and November/December 1954

Content:

  • Editorials
  • Community news
  • Literary section: poems and short stories
  • Letters to the editor
  • Information about Doukhobor practices
  • Articles on religious themes

Title:

The Doukhobor Inquirer

AMICUS No:

911582 Serial

Published:

December 21 - June 1954

Publisher:

Union of Young Doukhobors: Saskatoon, Sask.

Frequency:

Monthly

Editor:

K.J. Tarasoff and N.W. Sherstobitoff

Language:

English, some Russian

Notes:

Newsletter formatContinued as The Inquirer;

AMICUS No:

same

Content:

  • Community news
  • Editorials on various issues of concern to the community (e.g. education, the Constitution, freedom of expression, etc.)
  • Extensive reproductions of J.J. Verigin's speeches
  • Researched information on the Doukhobor communities

Title:

Edinenie (Unity)

AMICUS No:

810609 Serial

Published:

1950

Publisher:

Russkoe Kulturno-Prosvetitelnoe Obshchestvo (Russian Cultural Aid Society): Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Undetermined

Editor:

M.D. Manuilov

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Magazine format
Three issues available: #1-3
Published by the anti-communist Russian Cultural Aid Society
Followed by Russkoe Slovo v Kanade;

AMICUS No:

104966

Content:

  • Political editorials dealing with USSR
  • Close monitoring of USSR's foreign policy
  • Canadian news
  • Personal stories of persecution and hardship in USSR
  • Literary section: short stories, poems, quotes
  • Jokes and anecdotes
  • Leisure sections featuring chess, crosswords and sports
  • Advertisements

Title:

Eksodus (Exodus)

AMICUS No:

4592071 Serial

Published:

July 1983 -

Publisher:

Chabad-Lubavitch Department of Russian Community Services: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Monthly

Editor:

Ella Vorovich 2002 -
Suzanna Zadov 2001 - 2002
Sonya Krutinsky 1993 - 2001
Marsha Gershtein 1991 - 1992
Jan Lipnitzky 1984 - 1991
Oleg Zhits 1983 - 1984

Editor-in-Chief:

Rabbi Yosef Zaltzman

Language:

Russian, some Hebrew, some English

Notes:

Magazine format, also comes out in English
Some of their content appears on www.jrcc.org
The Chabad-Lubavitch is a messianic Orthodox Jewish movement. The content is heavily oriented towards religious issues

Content:

  • Jewish holidays, traditions
  • Community news
  • "Ask the Rabbi" section
  • World Jewish news, Israeli news
  • Canadian and Toronto news
  • Advertising
  • Personal advertisements: births, obituaries, bar/bat mitzvahs
  • Children's page
  • Lists of donors to the paper
  • News for new and prospective immigrants
  • Letters to the editor
  • Health section
  • Literary section
  • Arts and entertainment

Title:

Gazeta Plius (Newspaper Plus)

AMICUS No:

27132992 Serial

Published:

2001 -

Publisher:

Russian InfoTrade Ltd.: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Weekly

Editor:

Unknown

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

First issue available: #40, January 25, 2002
On-line version at www.radioplus.ca

Content:

  • Tabloid news and entertainment
  • Advertisements
  • Interviews with Russian celebrities
  • Horoscopes
  • Crosswords
  • Literary section: mostly short stories
  • Classifieds

Title:

Info Trade

AMICUS No:

16916528 Serial

Published:

April 25, 1997 - December 25, 1999

Publisher:

Russian InfoTrade: Willowdale, Ont.

Frequency:

Varies

Editor:

Arkady Turin

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Continues as Russian Canadian Info; AMICUS No. 23071599

Content:

  • Mostly business advertising
  • Sparse, miscellaneous and unrelated opinion pieces
  • Classifieds

Title:

Info-Toronto

AMICUS No:

12850870 Serial

Published:

1991 - unknown

Publisher:

Info Russian Toronto: Thornhill, Ont.

Frequency:

Twice monthly

Editor:

Unknown

Language:

Russian

Notes:

First issue available: October 15, 1991
Last issue available: April 1997

Content:

  • Community news
  • Advertisements (some English)
  • Toronto news and entertainment
  • Illustrations and caricatures
  • Horoscopes
  • Crosswords
  • Classifieds

Title:

The Inquirer

AMICUS No:

911582 Serial

Published:

July 1954 - September 1958

Publisher:

Union of Young Doukhobors: Saskatoon, Sask.

Frequency:

Monthly

Editor:

K.J. Tarasoff

Language:

English, some Russian

Notes:

Follows The Doukhobor Inquirer;

AMICUS No:

same Magazine format

Content:

  • Editorials
  • Community news from Saskatchewan and B.C.
  • Letters from prominent community members
  • Reports on research done on the community
  • Information on the Sons of Freedom sect
  • Discussion of Christian holidays and Doukhobor traditions
  • Some photographs of community members and events (photographers are not named)
  • Examination of the Doukhobor history and culture
  • Illustrations
  • Letters to the editor
  • Occasional literary section

Title:

Iskra (Spark)

AMICUS No:

120272 Serial

Published:

March 1945 -

Publisher:

Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ: Grand Forks, B.C.

Frequency:

Twice monthly 1969 -
Weekly 1945 - 1969

Editor:

The editors' names do not appear throughout the publication P.P. Legebokoff 1952 - 1973
P.J. Soloveoff 1973 -

Language:

Russian, some English in the later editions

Notes:

Continuation of Sten-Gazeta, AMICUS No. 4529171
Magazine format
On-line version at www.iskra.ca

Content:

  • World news and editorials
  • Community news
  • Writings of Leo Tolstoy
  • Letters to the editor
  • Literary section
  • History of the Doukhobor community and culture Later additions: 1950s
  • Obituaries 1960s
  • Classifieds
  • Youth section in English 1970s and 1980s
  • Children's page
  • Health section 1990s
  • Photographs of community members (often with names of those photographed)
  • Advertisements
  • Lists of donors to the paper
  • Rites of passage notices: obituaries, births, weddings and anniversaries

About the Author

Olga Tkachuk grew up in Soviet Ukraine and immigrated to Canada in 1991 where she earned a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Ottawa in Religious and Cultural Studies. She works as a freelance translator.