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Vladimir Tolts turns 80

On March 30, historian and journalist Vladimir Tolts, a veteran of Radio Liberty, turned 80 years old.

Vladimir Solomonovich was born in Ufa in 1944, graduated from the history department of Bashkir University, and after graduate school at the Institute of History of the USSR, he worked at the Central State Archive of Ancient Acts and other research institutions. Participated in collecting materials for the samizdat Chronicle of Current Events. Together with Ivan Kovalev and Alexei Smirnov, he published the human rights information bulletin “B” in Moscow.

In 1982, he was accused of distributing anti-Soviet materials and deported from the USSR. Vladimir Tolts has been on Radio Liberty since 1983. As an editor, he stood at the origins of the “Russian Idea” program, which was led first by Andrei Sinyavsky, then by Boris Paramonov. Later – host of the programs “Russia Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”, the cycles “On Short May Nights” – on the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, “Three Diaries. Along Steinbeck’s route half a century later”, “Rosenbergs and others: Interior with a bomb”, “Norilsk uprising of 1953”, “The Motherland Hears”, “Five” and “Pyatyorishniki” – 5th Directorate of the KGB” and many others.

Since the late 90s, Vladimir Tolts has hosted a long-running author’s program “Time Difference: A Conversation about an Unfinished History.” He is the author of the multimedia information and educational project “XX Congress”.

Radio Liberty congratulates its colleague Vladimir Solomonovich Tolts on his glorious anniversary.

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