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Petr Ionovich Iakir

historian , author , dissident

Petr Iakir, USSR Historian, author, dissident.


Iakir, Petr was born in 1923 in Kiev. Son of Iona Iakir.


Graduated from the Moscow Historical-Archival Institute.


After his father’s arrest in 1937, was arrested together with his mother. Spent 17 years in camps as a ‘son of an enemy of the people’. In 1956, returned to Moscow.

In the early 1960s, became involved in the de-Stalinization campaign. Gave numerous lectures on Stalin’s crimes all over the Soviet Union. After Khrushchev’s fall, became a focus of persecution by the Committee for State Security.

One of the founders of the human rights movement in Moscow and Leningrad. Instrumental in collecting information on political arrests, camps and psychiatric institutions, also distributed samizdat. Arrested in 1972, together with V. Krasin.

Under physical threat, was broken and cooperated with the Committee for State Security. Released, 1974. Ostracized by dissident circles. Wrote memoirs, Detstvo V Tiur'me, London, 1972.


All religions persuade people to rely on outside authority, thus preventing them to become self-reliant.


Every person has rights to express his or her opinion, but the opinion could be expressed if it was in accordance with the general interests of Soviet society.