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Former Washington, D.C. office of Kontinent

Kontinent was an émigré dissident journal which focused on the politics of the Soviet Union and its satellites. Founded in 1974 by writer Vladimir Maximov,[1][2][3][4] its first editor-in-chief, it was published in German and Russian and later translated into English. A Norwegian edition, Kontinent Skandinavia, was published from 1979 to 1981.

Its Editorial Board included Raymond Aron, George Bailey, Saul Bellow, Józef Czapski, Robert Conquest, Milovan Djilas, Alexander Galich, Jerzy Giedroyc, Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Eugène Ionesco, Arthur Koestler, Naum Korzhavin, Mihajlo Mihajlov, Ludek Pachman, Alexander Sakharov, Alexander Schmemann, Zïnaida Schakovskoy, Wolf Siedler, Ignazio Silone, Strannik, and Carl-Gustav Ströhm.

This initial issue featured a debate between Andrei Sakharov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn regarding Solzhenitsyn's Letter to the Soviet Leaders.

Current status[edit]

Kontinent continues to be published in English and Russian by Russia House. Currently, the editorial is located at Moscow, registered in the committee on the printed materials of the Russian federation, registration license є 014255. Kontinent follows traditions of scientific journals correcting errors indicated by readers.[5] The Russian version has been available online since 1999.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tatyana Shvetsova. After word to the epoch of Nikita Khrushchev Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ PAUL GRAY. THE SEVEN DAYS OF CREATION by Vladimir Maximov. Time, May 29, 2007, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,946489,00.html?iid=chix-sphere
  3. ^ Ecrivain russe: MAXIMOV Vladimir, 1930-1995 (in French) http://www.lescimetieres.com/Photos/ailleurs/RusseEssonne/MAXIMOV%20Vladimir.htm
  4. ^ Максимов Владимир Емельянович (Самсонов Лев Алексеевич) (1930—1995), texts by Maximov, available online (in Russian) http://antology.igrunov.ru/authors/maximov/
  5. ^ Фатима Салказанова. По поводу статьи Галины Аккерман. Kontinent, 2006, v.130, ra31. (example of correction of errors, in Russian)
  6. ^ Russian version of Kontinent online

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Vladimir E. Maximov, editor, Kontinent, Anchor Books (1976), trade paperback, 196 pages, ISBN 0-385-06611-2
  • Vladimir E. Maximov, editor, Kontinent 2, Doubleday (1977), trade paperback, ISBN 0-385-12579-8