Izvestia at 50
This piece is very rare. It is a valuable document of 50 years of the look and content of the Soviet press. It is rare that a publication in the USSR was printed without a price being shown on its cover. All books, journals, periodicals and papers fulfilled a legal obligation to mention the name and place of publication, the year, number of copies and selling price. No such information is printed anywhere on this special collection. It may, therefore, have been printed as a gift for officials and never offered for sale to the general public.
Izvestia (‘The News’) was founded in 1917 in Russia as the public reporting medium of the council of worker’s deputies. Izvestia was one of the biggest-selling two newspapers of the USSR – the other being Pravda (‘The Truth’).
We have not seen another example of this offered for sale anywhere in recent years.