National Security Archive: Anatoly S. Chernyaev Diary – 1976

25 May 2016 — National Security Archive

Inside the Central Committee, close-up views of Brezhnev and the Soviet system
Challenges posed by Eurocommunism, the Helsinki effect, human rights
“We have lost the biggest ideological battle of the XX century”
Posting marks 95th birthday of glasnost champion
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 550

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Washington DC, May 25, 2016 – Today the National Security Archive is publishing — for the first time in English — the diary of Anatoly S. Chernyaev covering the year 1976, along with edits and a postscript by the author. The year 1976 saw a continuation of major themes from previous years, such as relations with fraternal Communist Parties, foreign relations, and the state of Soviet economic affairs. 

Marking the 95th birthday of one of glasnost’s true champions, the posting provides an insider’s view of the workings of the Soviet government and its leadership, and of the emerging challenges posed by Eurocommunism and by human rights in the wake of the Helsinki Accords.

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