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Russian Library Resources


Here you can find links and downloadable information related to libraries and Russian speakers. We hope to update it frequently, so come back to visit us again soon. Enjoy!


Political dissent in Russia

Russians Resist
Russia and the Soviet Union, sadly, have a long history of authoritarianism and government repression. One ramification of that history is the continuing flow of Russian-speakers into the community your library serves. A second result is that Russia also has a vibrant history of political dissent and protest.

As today's Russia struggles with war and economic crisis, that protest movement is as active as ever. The assassination of dissident politican Boris Nemtsov in late February is only the latest event to spur those protests on.

Below are links to opposition media outlets and FairVega's list of recommended books by and about prominent Russian political dissidents.


  • Novaya gazeta, the independent Russian newspaper known for publishing dissident political views and inconvenient news stories (in Russian; some English content available). Email FairVega to inquire about subscribing to the print version.

  • MediaZona, a new online news portal for stories on political protest, criminal law, and abuse of power in Russia, started by former members of Pussy Riot (in Russian).

  • Recommended titles about political dissent in the Soviet Union and today's Russia, available for purchase.


  • Muslim Journeys

    Muslim Journeys - in Russian
    FairVega is proud to have supported the libraries who participated in the ALA and NEH Muslim Journeys bookshelf project. Look here for valuable information and ask us how we can help your library reach out to the Russian-speaking Muslims in your community.
    Muslim Journeys Bookshelf page

  • Wikipedia article on Islam in Russia, in English or in Russian

  • FairVega's information sheet about the Muslim Journeys project

  • Recommended titles on Islam in Russian, available for purchase



  • FairVega Selection Bulletins and booklists


  • Fundamentals of a good Russian collection

  • Early childhood resources

  • Vital Russian classics

  • Political dissent booklist

  • Islam booklist



  • Where to find Russian-language materials

    FairVega on WorldCat
    Visit our page on WorldCat to check and follow our growing lists of materials ordered on behalf of client libraries, and find links to libraries with good or growing Russian collections. 
    WorldCat
    Библиотека Максима Мошкова ("The Maksim Moshkov Library")
    Billing itself as "the most famous library on the Russian internet," this site has an enormous and growing catalog of plain-text books, mostly in Russian, plus music. Only in Russian.
    Russian bestseller lists
    Up-to-the-minute lists of top-selling Russian books, with data arranged by time frame, genre, and individual book store chains. The site also features Russian book industry news. Only in Russian.
    Russian bestsellers
    Lizok's Bookshelf
    A wonderful blog in English by a Russian-English translator and avid reader of Russian literature. Check back often to find her reviews of new Russian fiction, Russian literary prize-winners, and her thoughts on the classics.