As a part of its ongoing collecting activities to document contemporary political events, the Hoover Institution receives political ephemera from the independent states that made up the former Soviet Union.
Pictured at right is a sample of the latest increment of such materials from Azerbaijan. These leaflets, pamphlets, posters, and other ephemera document the controversial 2010 parliamentary elections in that country, featuring materials from the leading competing parties and their candidates. The elections were preceded by a law limiting the campaign length, widely perceived as favoring the incumbents.
Similar materials are received from many of the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, although the largest volume derives from the Russian Federation and Ukraine.