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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:

Kanadskii Gudok (The Horn of Canada)

AMICUS No:

8351126 Serial

AMICUS No:

8386266 Serial/Microfilm

Published:

April 1931 - April 4, 1940

Publisher:

New World Publishing Association:
Toronto, Ont. April - December 1931
Winnipeg, Man. December 21, 1939 - April 4, 1940

Frequency:

Varies

Editor:

M. Yasnyi First

Editor-in-Chief:

M. Vasny (his name, as well as those of subsequent editors, does not appear in the paper in conjunction with his title)

Language:

Russian, some Ukrainian and Belarusian in early editions, some English in later editions

Notes:

Published by "The Organisation of Russian Workers in Canada" in collaboration with New World Publishing (Noviy Mir), an influential Soviet literary magazine. Consequently the material presented is heavily influenced by the Kremlin's official party line. The paper was suspended on security grounds in 1940 due to its unwavering support of USSR, but carried on under other titles once Stalin joined the war effort. Continued first as Gudok (October 1940-June 1941), then as Vestnik; AMICUS No. 9589588
The order of issues is incorrect on some reels of Microfilm (i.e. 1932 issues appear in the middle of the 1931 reel)

Content:

  • Canadian news and politics, information on labor movements, strikes and working conditions in major centers (often accompanied by photos)
  • News from the USSR and the world
  • Anti-religious propaganda
  • Advertising of Russian businesses beginning in July 1931
  • Illustrations: Soviet propaganda posters and caricatures; photos of USSR
  • Occasional letters to the paper by various Soviet luminaries
  • Names of Russian immigrants included in a wide variety of sources, such as lists of labor movement organizers, community events and advertisements
  • Occasional sections devoted to farmers
  • Occasional sections devoted to the Doukhobor community in Canada
  • Occasional letters to the editorial board
  • Occasional section titled "Children's Corner"
  • Occasional section dealing with health issues
  • Catalogues of publications (fiction and non-fiction) available for purchase in some issues
  • Section called "News in Science and Technology"
  • "Russian Canadian Youth Forum Page" in English (1939 - 1940)
  • WWII developments

Title:

Kanadskii Kur'er (Canadian Courier)

AMICUS No:

28012365 Serial

Published:

September 1996 -

Publisher:

Infomobile Publishing Inc: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Weekly

Editor:

Kate Cherny

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Only one issue available: April 1, 1999
On-line version at www.russcan.com

Content:

  • Canadian, Russian, Israeli and world news
  • Information for new immigrants
  • Economy, business
  • Health section
  • Sports
  • Classifieds
  • Advertisements
  • Crosswords, horoscopes

Title:

Kanadskii Passport (Canadian Passport)

AMICUS No:

24839957 Serial

Published:

October 1999 - unknown

Publisher:

M-SWAPS and LSM Media Group: Downsview, ON

Frequency:

Monthly

Editor:

Alexander Michailoff

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Magazine format Six issues available: October, December 1999; March, May, September, December 2000

Content:

  • General information about Canada: its peoples, history and geography
  • Analysis of Canadian politics, policies and economy
  • Immigration issues
  • A page in every issue devoted to that month's quotes from the Minister of Immigration in Ottawa
  • Reprinted interviews with Russian and Canadian politicians
  • Advertisements

Title:

Kanadskii Pravoslavnyi Kalendar' (The Russian-Orthodox Calendar in Canada)

AMICUS No:

1963 Serial

Published:

1952 - 1972

Publisher:

Diocesan Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada:
Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Yearly

Editor:

The Executive Committee of the Russian Greek-Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Renamed Pravoslavnyi Tserkovnyi Kalendar', AMICUS No. 34602

Content:

  • Orthodox Calendar day by day: festivals, holy days, fasts, prayers, etc.
  • Many photographs: places of importance to the history of Russian Orthodox Church in Canada, churches and community members (often their names are given, though never the photographers')
  • Extensive lists of churches and centers in Canada
  • Lists of the members of the clergy
  • Lists of services provided by the church in various Canadian cities
  • Articles on religious themes
  • Advertisements, with some English
  • Photographs of icons and paintings
  • Poems, short stories on religious themes

Title:

Khristianin (The Christian)

AMICUS No:

988149 Serial

Published:

January 1968 - unknown

Publisher:

Toronto Christian Mission: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Monthly, except August

Editor:

Unknown

Language:

Russian

Notes:

Last issue available: May 1976 Magazine format

Content:

  • This is an evangelical publication dealing with issues of faith (their motto is "No politics, no polemic, only the Bible")
  • Theological debates
  • History of the evangelical movement in Russia
  • A section for preachers with examples of Biblical themes suitable for services
  • Photographs of famous Russian churches, places important in the history of Christianity in Russia, movement's luminaries and members of the different congregations
  • Biblical parables
  • Reflections on proper Christian life and values
  • News on worldwide mission work
  • Poems on religious themes
  • Psalms accompanied by the musical notes

Title:

Kubanskii Krai (The Land of Kuban - The Kuban Cossack Magazine)

AMICUS No:

988407 Serial

Published:

1951 - unknown

Publisher:

Unknown

Frequency:

Irregular

Editor:

Editorial Board

Language:

Ukrainian, Russian and English; less Ukrainian and more Russian as the publication progresses

Notes:

Magazine format
First issue available: January/February 1953
Last issue available: 1962

Content:

  • Cossack history and identity
  • Cossacks diaspora's role in the fight against the Soviet regime
  • Articles on Cossack nationalism and possible independence of Kuban from Russia
  • Articles on religious themes
  • Poems on national and religious themes
  • A section in English dealing mostly with the intricacies of the Canadian bureaucracy and issues of citizenship
  • Occasional photographs of community members (names often provided in the caption)

Title:

Mir (Peace or The World)

AMICUS No:

120826 Serial

Published:

January 1973 - unknown

Publisher:

Mir Publications Society: Vancouver, B.C. June 1973 - ? Union of Young Doukhobors: Grand Forks, B.C. January - June 1973

Frequency:

Monthly, except July and August

Editor:

Editorial Board

Language:

English, some Russian

Notes:

Follows the Newsletter, published by the Union of Young Doukhobors
Magazine format
The publication was an attempt at reconciling different Doukhobor factions
Last issue available: May 1979

Content:

  • Interviews and reflections of prominent community members
  • Letters to the editor
  • Articles on the preservation of Doukhobor culture, identity and religious beliefs
  • Many photos of community members, usually accompanied by names of those in the pictures (also a photographic essay on the Doukhobor community in BC in the February 1973 issue)
  • Literary section: poems and short stories
  • Advertisements
  • Community news and events
  • Continuous debate on the merits of returning the community to Russia

Title:

Nasha Kanada (Our Canada)

AMICUS No:

25535375 Serial

Published:

May 2001 -

Publisher:

Nasha Canada Publishing: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Varies

Editor:

Leonid Shik

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Last issue available: December 2004
On-line version at www.nashacanada.com
Humorous, light entertainment

Content:

  • Tabloid news
  • Editorials
  • Miscellaneous information for new immigrants
  • Jokes, caricatures
  • Puzzles and crosswords
  • Horoscopes
  • Chess section
  • Advertisements

Title:

Nasha Gazeta: Russkii obshchestvenno-politicheskii ezhenedelnik (Our Newspaper: Russian community and political weekly)

AMICUS No:

6592483 Serial

Published:

October 30, 1985 - unknown

Publisher:

Merivale Postal Outlet: Nepean, Ont.

Frequency:

Varies

Editor:

Tamara Fedorova July 15, 1998-?
Max Royz 1985 -July 1998

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Some issues have an English

Title:

Express Last issue available: May 2000

Content:

  • Editorial content is very anti-Soviet until the demise of USSR in 1991
  • Canadian and world news
  • News on Soviet dissidents abroad and those imprisoned in the USSR
  • Literary section (novels, short fiction and poems); some Canadian authors in translation
  • An occasional English section called "Through Our Eyes"
  • Advertisements
  • Profiles of Russian celebrities

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.