Kultura i zhizn (Russian: Культура и жизнь, lit.'Culture and Life') was a cultural magazine which was published in the period 1946–1951 in Moscow, Soviet Union. It was one of the publications of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

Kultura i zhizn
  • Cultural magazine
  • Propaganda magazine
FrequencyThree times per month
First issue28 June 1946
Final issue28 February 1951
CountrySoviet Union
Based inMoscow

History and profile


Kultura i zhizn was first published on 28 June 1946.[1] It was started by the Administration of Agitation and Propaganda Department (abbreviated as Agitprop) of the Central Committee of the CPSU.[2][3] Soon after its start the magazine became the principal media outlet for the ideologists of the party.[2] The goals of Kultura i zhizn were reported as follows: "to develop Bolshevist criticism of defects in different branches of the economy and cultural life and to carry on an unyielding struggle with the remnants of the old ideology and with laziness, lack of culture, bureaucracy and carelessness... Producers and writers who suppose that the Soviet people want only entertainment and amusement... are hopelessly wrong. Soviet literature and art must produce works full of passion and deep thought, shot through with ideas of Soviet patriotism."[4]

Kultura i zhizn was launched as a biweekly publication,[4] but later it was published three times per month.[1] Its headquarters was in Moscow.[1] The founding editor-in-chief of Kultura i zhizn was Andrei Zhdanov who was succeeded by his deputy editor P. A. Satyukov.[5] Lev Kopelev was among its contributors.[6] The magazine frequently reported the activities of the Academy of Social Sciences [az; bg] which was also established by the Central Committee in 1946.[7] In 1949 it criticized theater critics arguing that they were just snobs with bourgeois opinions on literature and art.[8] This attack was part of the negative attitudes of the Soviet authorities towards cosmopolites.[8]

The last issue of Kultura i zhizn appeared on 28 February 1951.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kulʹtura i zhiznʹ". Library of Congress. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Nikolai Krementsov (1995). "The 'KR Affair': Soviet Science on the Threshold of the Cold War". History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 17 (3): 425. JSTOR 23331888.
  3. ^ Vladimir O. Pechatnov (March 1998). "The Rise and Fall of Britansky Soyuznik: A Case Study in Soviet Response to British Propaganda of the Mid-1940s". The Historical Journal. 41 (1): 299–300. doi:10.1017/S0018246X97007577. S2CID 159914237.
  4. ^ a b "Foreign News: Passion & Deep Thought". Time Magazine. 15 July 1946. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  5. ^ Werner G. Hahn (1982). Postwar Soviet Politics: The Fall of Zhdanov and the Defeat of Moderation, 1946-53. Ithaca, NY; London: Cornell University Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-5017-4339-9.
  6. ^ Donald Ward (May 1973). "Book review". The German Quarterly. 46 (3). JSTOR 403786.
  7. ^ Mark G. Field (September 1950). "The Academy of the Social Sciences of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union". American Journal of Sociology. 56 (2): 137–141. doi:10.1086/220694. JSTOR 2772161. S2CID 144310811.
  8. ^ a b Kateřina Šimová (2017). "The image of the "Jew" as an "enemy" in the propaganda of Late Stalinism and its reflection in the Czechoslovak context". Holocaust Studies. 23 (1–2): 118. doi:10.1080/17504902.2016.1209840.