Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev (Russian: Рой Алекса́ндрович Медве́дев; born 14 November 1925) is a Russian political writer, author of the dissident history of Stalinism, Let History Judge (Russian: К суду истории), first published in English in 1972.
Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev
Рой Александрович Медведев
|Alma mater||Saint Petersburg State University|
|Known for||Human rights activism with participation in dissident movement in the Soviet Union|
|Fields||Russian studies, investigative journalism|
Medvedev was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has an identical twin brother, the biologist Zhores Medvedev. From a Marxist viewpoint, Roy criticized former Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin and Stalinism in general during the Soviet era. In the early 1960s, Medvedev was engaged in samizdat publications. He was critical of the unscientific nature of Lysenkoism.
Medvedev was expelled from the Communist Party in 1969 after his book Let History Judge was published abroad. The book criticized Stalin and Stalinism at a time when official Soviet propagandists were trying to rehabilitate the former General Secretary. Let History Judge reflected the dissident thinking that emerged in the 1960s among Soviet intellectuals who, like Medvedev, sought a reformist version of socialism. He announced his position, along with Andrei Sakharov and others, in an open letter to the Soviet leadership in 1970. In a book co-authored with his twin brother, Zhores, A Question of Madness, Medvedev describes Zhores' involuntary commitment in the Kaluga Psychiatric Hospital (see Political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union). Zhores, a dissident biologist, was questioned in the hospital about his involvement with samizdat, and his book The Rise and Fall of T.D. Lysenko. Zhores was exiled to Britain in the 1970s.
Roy rejoined the Communist Party in 1989, after Mikhail Gorbachev launched his perestroika and glasnost program of gradual political and economic reforms. He was elected to the Soviet Union's Congress of People's Deputies and was named as member of the Supreme Soviet, the permanent working body of the Congress. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Medvedev and dozens of other former communist deputies of the Soviet and Russian parliaments founded the Socialist Party of Working People, and became a co-chair of the party. Medvedev supports the current President of Russia and former Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Publications in EnglishEdit
- Let History Judge: The Origin and Consequences of Stalinism, Alfred A.Knopf, New York, 1972 ISBN 0-394-44645-3
- On Socialist Democracy, Alfred A.Knopf, New York, 1975, ISBN 0-394-48960-8
- Problems in the Literary Biography of Mikhail Sholokhov, Cambridge University Press, 1977
- Khrushchev, Blackwell, Oxford, Doubleday,New York, 1983, ISBN 0-385-18387-9
- The October Revolution, Columbia University Press, New York, 1979, ISBN 0094629005
- All Stalin's Men, Blackwell, Oxford, 1984, ISBN 0-385-18388-7
- A Question Of Madness (with Zhores Medvedev). Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. 1971. ISBN 0-394-47900-9 ISBN 0-14-003783-7
- Khrushchev: The Years in Power (with Zhores Medvedev). 198 pages. Columbia University Press. 1976. ISBN 0-231-03939-5
- On Soviet Dissent Columbia University Press. 1979. ISBN 0-231-04812-2
- Philip Mironov and the Russian Civil War (with Sergei Starikov) Alfred Knopf. 1978. ISBN 0-394-40681-8
- Leninism and Western Socialism Verso. 1981. ISBN 0-86091-739-8
- Nikolai Bukharin: The Last Years. 176 pages. W W Norton & Co Inc. 1983. ISBN 0-393-30110-9
- Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism (Revised and expanded edition). Columbia University Press. 1989. ISBN 0-231-06350-4
- Post-Soviet Russia: A Journey Through the Yeltsin Era (with George Shriver). 394 pages. Columbia University Press. 2002. ISBN 0-231-10607-6
- The Unknown Stalin (with Zhores Medvedev). The Overlook Press. 336 pages. 2004. ISBN 1-58567-502-4
- China and the Superpowers. Basil Blackwell. Oxford. 1986. ISBN 0-631-13843-9
- Sakharov, Andrei; Turchin, Valentin; Medvedev, Roy (6 June 1970). "The need for democratization". The Saturday Review: 26–27.
- Sakharov, Andrei; Turchin, Valentin; Medvedev, Roy (Summer 1970). "An open letter". Survey: 160–170.
- Medvedev, Roy (1974). "The Gulag Archipelago". Australian Left Review. 1 (45): 25–33.
- Medvedev, Roy (July 1974). "On Solzhenitsyn's book The Gulag Archipelago". Soviet Studies in Literature. 10 (3): 44–62. doi:10.2753/RSL1061-1975100344.
- Medvedev, Roy (January–February 1974). "Problems of democratization and détente". New Left Review. 1 (83): 25–33.
- Medvedev, Roy (1 September 1974). "What lies ahead for us?". New Left Review (87): 61.
- Medvedev, Roy (March 1979). "The future of Soviet dissent". Index on Censorship. 8 (2): 25–31. doi:10.1080/03064227908532898.
- Medvedev, Roy (1 January 1984). "Andropov and the dissidents: the internal atmosphere under the new Soviet leadership". Dissent. 31 (1): 97–102.
- Medvedev, Roy; Vladimov, Georgi (May 1979). "Controversy: dissent among dissidents". Index on Censorship. 8 (3): 33–37. doi:10.1080/03064227908532924.
- Medvedev, Roy (1 May 1980). "The Afghan crisis". New Left Review. 1 (121): 91.
- Medvedev, Roy; Medvedev, Zhores (1976). "Krushchev's secret speech". Australian Left Review. 1 (52): 34–37.
- Medvedev, Roy; Medvedev, Zhores (November–December 1981). "The USSR and the arms race". New Left Review. 1 (130).
- Medvedev, Roy; Medvedev, Zhores (1982). "A nuclear samizdat on Americas arms-race". The Nation. 234 (2): 38.
- Medvedev, Roy (1 September 1991). "Politics after the coup". New Left Review. 1 (189): 91.
- Medvedev, Roy (Fall 1992). "After the communist collapse: new political tendencies in Russia". Dissent. 39: 489–497.
- Medvedev, Roy (March 1995). "Russia today". Russian Politics & Law. 33 (2): 40–46. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-1940330240.
- Medvedev, Roy (March 1996). "Russians and Germans fifty years after World War II". Russian Politics & Law. 33 (2): 82–96. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-1940340282.
- Medvedev, Roy (May 1998). "Russia again at the сrossroads". Sociological Research. 37 (3): 22–42. doi:10.2753/SOR1061-0154370322.
- Medvedev, Roy (May 1998). "A new class in Russian society". Russian Politics & Law. 36 (3): 45–66. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-1940360345.
- Medvedev, Roy (July 1999). "A long-term construction project for Russia". Russian Politics & Law. 37 (4): 5–48. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-194037045.
- Medvedev, Roy (July 2000). "Boris Yeltsin resigns". Russian Politics & Law. 38 (4): 82–88. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-1940380482.
- Medvedev, Roy (12 July 2006). "History and myths". Russia in Global Affairs.
- Medvedev, Roy (June 2007). "The Russian language throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States: toward a statement of the problem". Russian Politics & Law. 45 (3): 5–30. doi:10.2753/RUP1061-1940450301.
- Medvedev, Roy (July–September 2007). "A splinted Ukraine" (PDF). Russia in Global Affairs. 5 (3): 194–213. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 January 2016.
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- Inside Russia Today. David K. Shipler.
- Medvedev's notion of Stalinism: a review of developments in Roy Medvedev's writings about the Soviet system. British and Irish Communist Organisation. 1980.
- Jones, Jeffrey (1992). Roy Medvedev: prophet of perestroika. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Sheppard, R.Z. (13 December 1971). "Books: the brothers Medvedev". Time.
- Surovtseva, Ekaterina (2015). "А.И. Солженицын, А.Д. Сахаров и Р. Медведев: дискуссия вокруг "Письма вождям Советского Союза" и её восприятие в эмигрантской печати (М. Агурский)" [A.I. Solzhenitsyn, A.D. Sakharov and R. Medvedev: the debate around "Letter to the Soviet leaders" and its perception in the emigre press (M. Agursky)]. Молодой ученый (in Russian) (2): 608–613. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015.
- Trevithick, John (1987). Roy Medvedev: Soviet dissident historian.
- Weir, Fred (February 1993). "An interview with Roy Medvedev". Monthly Review. 44 (9): 1–10.