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Russian and East European Historical Newspapers


Gazety Rossii (1703 - 1917) -- Russian National Library's searchable database, containing bibliographic descriptions of all the newspapers published on the territory of the Russian Empire (within its 1913 borders) in the Russian language, from 1703-1917 inclusively. Additionally the catalog includes newspapers published in foreign cities containing large populations of the Russian diaspora (e.g. L'viv, ‎Chernivtsi, Kharbin). Included also are newspapers published by military units.

Index to Russian Newspapers

Russian National Bibliography
Fee-based access to online versions of Letopis' gazetnykh statei and Statii iz rossiiskikh gazet, the weekly index of Russian newspaper articles, which has been published from 1936-present.  Together, these indixes include thousands of bibliographic entries annually on articles from every major newspaper in the USSR and, later, in the Russian Federation.

To find printed newspaper indices, conduct a subject search in the "Books & Media" tab of the Duke lbrary catalog or WorldCat for the following Library of Congress defined subject headings:

  • Russian newspapers -- Indexes
  • [Title of newspaper] -- Indexes, for example: Pravda (Moscow, Russia) -- Indexes 
  • [Cities] -- Periodicals -- Indexes, for example: Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- Periodicals -- Indexes

Paid Institutional Subscription

Commerical Resources (Eastview)
Institutional subscription provides annual access to a database of central and regional newspapers from Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Caucasus, and Baltics. Cross-searchable with Current Digest of Post-Soviet Press, Pravda, Izvestiia, and Literaturnaia gazeta,

  • Russian Central Newspapers (In Russian)
    Contains around 40 actively publishing Russian central newspapers and weekly magazines, covering the entire spectrum of domestic news, as well as the currents of Russia’s economic and cultural life.
  • Current Digest of the Russian Press (in English)
    The Current Digest of the Russian Press was founded in 1949. Presents weekly selections of Russian-language press materials, carefully translated into English. 1949-present
  • Moscow News Digital Archive (In English)
    The oldest English-language newspaper in Russia. Date Coverage: 1930-2014
  • Pravda Digital Archive  (in Russian)
    The most widely read and referenced Russian-language news source from the Soviet era, converted from microfilm and made available online in full-text and full-image. Date Coverage: 1912-to date
  • Izvestiia Digital Archive (in Russian)
    Full-text and full-image articles of the longest-running Russian newspapers; from 1917-1991 the official organ of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Coverage: 1917-present
  • Literaturnaia gazeta Digital Archive (in Russian)
    Considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, this former organ of the Union of Soviet Writers remains popular among the intelligentsia in today’s Russia. Coverage: 1929-1941, 1944-present.
  • Argumenty i fakty Digital Archive (in Russian)
    Popular weekly writing on all subjects in plain language. Coverage: 1983-present.

Open Access Resources

The online Guide to Open Access Digitized Historical News Sources from Slavic, East European and Eurasian countries offers a country-by-country list of digitized print and audiovisual news sources, including the following titles: