Vitaly Shentalinsky

Vitaly Shentalinsky was born in 1939 in Siberia, graduated from the Arctic Naval Academy in Leningrad, spent time in the polar station of the Vrangel Island, took part in 5 expeditions north of the Arctic Circle. Later he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of the Moscow State University. He was employed in radio and television and was a special correspondent of the periodical “Around the World” (Vokrug sveta). From 1989 to 1993, he was the editor of the popular column “Keep for All Times” of “Ogonyok”, where he published his discoveries from the KGB archives. He participated as director or consultant in the making of several documentary films, including “The Secret Life of the Soviet Union” (Channel 4, UK, 1990), “The KGB and Glasnost” (Germany 1992), and “Manuscripts Do Not Burn” (Dutch Television, 1997). The main achievement of the writer is the scholarly entry into the secret archives of the Lubianka, which he aptly called the “grave of historical memory.” Shentalinsky has dedicated almost a quarter of a century to researching of the fates of persecuted writers and famous representatives of the creative intelligentsia of the 20th century. He has written six books on this topic, two of which, “Slaves of Freedom” and “Socrates Denounced”, have been translated into nine languages.


The Arrested Word