Vladimir Slepak

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Vladimir Semyonovich Slepak
Native name Владимир Семёнович Слепак
Born (1927-10-29)October 29, 1927
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died April 24, 2015(2015-04-24) (aged 87)
New York City, United States
Nationality Russian Jew
Citizenship  Soviet Union (1924–1987),  Israel (1987–2015)
Alma mater Moscow Aviation Institute
Occupation radioengineer
Known for human rights activism, participation in the Moscow Helsinki Group
Movement dissident movement in the Soviet Union

Vladimir Semyonovich Slepak (Russian: Влади́мир Семёнович Слепа́к, 29 October 1927, Moscow[1] – 24 April 2015, New York City[2]) was a Soviet dissident, refusenik,[3] member of the Moscow Helsinki Group.[4] Along with his wife Mariya Slepak (nee Rashkovskaya) and sons Alexander and Leonid he fought for the right of Jews to emigrate from the Soviet Union.[5]

He participated in the compilation of about 70 documents, appeals by Moscow Helsinki Group.[6]

He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute as a radio engineer.

He lived and worked in Moscow as the head of the laboratory at the Research Institute of television in Golyanovo District and trust "Spetsgeofizika."

For his human rights activities he was convicted and exiled[7] to the village of Tsokto-Khangil, Agin-Buryat Autonomous Okrug in the Chita Oblast from 1978 to 1983.

He spent nearly five years in Siberian exile for unfurling a banner that read, "Let Us Go..."[8] Subsequently, he emigrated in October 1987 after 17 years has passed since his first application to the Visa Office.[9] He lived with his family in Kfar Saba, Israel.[10]


  • Potok, Chaim; Slepak, Leonid; Slepak, Vladimir; Slepak, Alexander; Slepak, Maria (2010). The gates of November. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 0307575519.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. Кошаровский, Юлий. "Владимир Слепак" (in Russian).CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Умер Владимир Слепак. Московская Хельсинкская группа
  3. Jalil, Justin (25 April 2015). "Renowned Soviet refusenik Vladimir Slepak dies at 87". The Times of Israel.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Kampelman, Max (Spring 1982). "First attempts at a concluding document". World Affairs. 144 (4): 403–439. JSTOR 20671918.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Людмила Алексеева, Юрий Орлов, Виталий Рубин, Анатолий Щаранский. Документы МХГ (1976—1982) О разделённых семьях Документ № 4 17 июня 1976 г.
  6. Каталог Самиздата
  7. ИМЕННОЙ УКАЗАТЕЛЬ к книге Е. Печуро Реквием по ушедшей эпохе
  8. Stewart, Robert (1 December 1987). "Freed refuseniks keep fight alive for Soviet Jews left behind : Vladimir Slepak laments trickle of emigration in talk at Encino synagogue". The Los Angeles Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Михаэль Бейзер. Евреи борьбы. Еврейское национальное движение в СССР (1967—1989 гг.)
  10. Владимир и Мария Слепак, село Цокто-Хангил, 1980 г.