The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has recently acquired the papers of Brendan Kiernan, a US political scientist and consultant whose research and activities took him to the USSR and Russian Federation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While there, he collected a great amount of information on the emergence of political plurality in the Soviet system and its later development in the independent Russian Federation. Kiernan is the author of The End of Soviet Politics : Elections, Legislatures, and the Demise of the Communist Party (Boulder: Westview Press, 1993).

Printed sign with text in Russian
Pro-Yeltsin sign, c. 1989

Most of this collection consists of political ephemera, including printed matter, limited-distribution reports, analytical studies, promotional material, speeches, appeals and leaflets produced by nascent political parties and movements in the late Soviet period. This material will be of interest to researchers interested in the development of democracy during the late USSR and early Russian Federation. 

This collection as a whole is an excellent complement to the Demokraticheskaia Rossiia records, Michael McFaul papers, Vladimir Pribylovskii collection, Dmitrii Levchik papers and other collections dealing with political developments in the failing USSR and emerging Russian Federation.

leaflet promoting candidate Kaleriia Belova, from Brendan Kiernan collection
Hand-drawn bill promoting candidate Kaleriia Belova in local Moscow elections, 1989
leaflet calls for hanging world-famous physicist, from Brendan Kiernan collection
Lieutenant-Colonel Valerii Burkov calls for hanging world-famous physicist Andrei Sakharov, 28 March 1989
Anatol Shmelev Hoover Headshot

Anatol Shmelev

Robert Conquest Curator for Russia and Eurasia / Research Fellow

Anatol Shmelev is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Robert Conquest Curator of the Russia and Eurasia Collection at Hoover’s Library & Archives, and the project archivist for its Radio…

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