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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:

Sten-Gazeta Soiuza Dukhovnykh Obshchin Khrista (Newspaper of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ)

AMICUS No:

4529171 Serial

Published:

February 28, 1943 - February 11, 1945

Publisher:

Soiuz Dukhovnykh Obshchin Khrista: Brilliant, B.C.

Frequency:

Weekly

Editor:

Unknown

Language:

Russian

Notes:

Followed by Iskra,

AMICUS No:

120272
Should be available for viewing by June 2005

Content:

Unknown

Title:

Toronto I My (Toronto and Us)

AMICUS No:

10709470 Serial

Published:

March 21, 1991 - unknown

Publisher:

Toronto I My Publishing Co: Willowdale, Ont.

Frequency:

Weekly

Editor:

Dmitri Donskoy

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Three issues available: March 21, 1991; April 4, 1991 and June 21, 1991

Content:

  • Entertainment
  • Information for new immigrants
  • Advertisements
  • Classifieds
  • Literary section
  • Interviews with Russian celebrities
  • Jokes and anecdotes

Title:

Vestnik: edinstvennaia v Kanade gazeta russkoi obshchestvennosti (Herald: the only Russian community newspaper in Canada)

AMICUS No:

7727460 Serial

AMICUS No:

9589588 Serial/Microfilm

Published:

November 6, 1941 - June 1998

Publisher:

Vestnik Publishing Company Ltd: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Varies

Editor:

Editorial Committee

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Follows Kanadskii Gudok (1931-1940), AMICUS No. 8351126 and Gudok (October 1949 to June 1941)
Until perestroika the publication displayed unwavering support and praise for USSR - its military victories during WWII; its domestic policies of economic development through collective farms, rapid industrialization and five-year plans; and its foreign policy of playing the savior in the Third World
Becomes a very mainstream publication in the last ten years in print

Content:

  • Until 1945 everything is about WWII, including works of literature such as short stories and poems
  • Photographs of the front, soldiers, Soviet cities under siege (some photographs include the photographers' names)
  • Lists of Russian immigrants in Canada included in a wide variety of sources such as donors to the war effort and the paper, advertisements
  • Occasional editorials by Soviet luminaries
  • Canadian, Russian and world news
  • Lists of places with significant Russian émigré population
  • Occasional "Women's Section"
  • Illustrations, caricatures
  • Health section
  • Advertising
  • Obituaries
  • Literary section: short stories, poems, novels
  • Youth section in English called "Panorama" in some early 1960s issues
  • Issues for 1997 - 1998 are fully bilingual - every article is printed in both Russian and English

Title:

Vestnik Dukhovnoi Svovody (The Herald of the Free Spirit)

AMICUS No:

28938278 Serial

Published:

April 1979 - July 1979

Publisher:

Rassledovatelnii simpozium khristianskoi obchshiny i Bratstva Reformirovannyhk Doukhobortsev (Investigative symposium of the Christian community and Brotherhood of Reformed Doukhobors): Krestova, B.C.

Frequency:

Monthly

Language:

Russian

Notes:

Magazine format

Content:

  • Each publication consists of only one editorial dealing with an internal dispute within the Doukhobor community

Title:

Vremia (The Times)

AMICUS No:

1463487 Serial

Published:

1940 - June 1941

Publisher:

Kamsack, Sask.

Frequency:

Monthly

Editor:

F. F. Konkin

Language:

Russian

Notes:

Two issues available: May 1941 and June 1941
Magazine format, published by members of the Doukhobor community
The paper was suspended on security grounds due to its discussion of pacifism as a valid position during the war effort

Content:

  • Canadian and world news
  • News for farmers, prices for produce
  • Local politics, community events, economy
  • Some signed editorials
  • Literary section: short stories, poetry
  • Obituaries
  • Articles on the controversy surrounding draft refusal among pacifist religious communities (Doukhobors and Mennonites)

Title:

The Yonge Street Review

AMICUS No:

18263612 Serial

Published:

December 10, 1996 -

Publisher:

YSR Company Publication: Toronto, Ont.

Frequency:

Irregular

Editor:

Gennady Dertkin

Language:

Russian, some English

Notes:

Issues available: January 1997 - August 2000; May 24, 2002 (only issue for that year)
On-line version at www.newcanada.com

Content:

  • Canadian, Russian, Israeli and world news
  • Editorials
  • Information on immigrant integration programs
  • Interviews with prominent Russian émigrés
  • Humour
  • Letters to the editor
  • Advertisements
  • Health section

Title:

Zhizn' Very (Life of Faith)

AMICUS No:

2347990 Serial

Published:

1948 - unknown

Publisher:

Union of Slavic Evangelical Churches and Baptists in Canada
Place of publishing varies:
Toronto, Ont. 1970
Islington, Ont. 1966 - 1967
Toronto, Ont. 1965
Scarboro, Ont. 1964
St. Catherines, Ont. 1963
Montreal, Que. 1962
Toronto, Ont. 1960

Frequency:

Every two months

Editor:

Komitet Soiuza (editorial committee)

Language:

Russian, some Ukrainian

Notes:

First issue available: October/December 1960
Last issue available: January/June 1970
Only sporadic issues available

Content:

  • Editorials on religious themes
  • Short stories and poems on religious themes
  • Chronicles of important events for the world Christian community
  • Advice on social, cultural and religious matters
  • Biblical parables

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.