Yuli Daniel

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Yuli Markovich Daniel
The bookcover of The Letters from Prison
Native name Юлий Маркович Даниэль
Born (1925-11-15)November 15, 1925
Moscow, Russian SFSR
Died December 30, 1988(1988-12-30) (aged 63)
Moscow, Russian SFSR
Pen name Nikolay Arzhak, Yu. Petrov
Nationality Soviet
Spouse Larisa Bogoraz, Irina Uvarova[1]
Children Alexander Daniel[2]

Yuli Markovich Daniel (Russian: Ю́лий Ма́ркович Даниэ́ль; IPA: [ˈjʉlʲɪj ˈmarkəvʲɪtɕ dənʲɪˈelʲ]; 15 November 1925 — 30 December 1988) was a Soviet dissident writer, poet, translator, and political prisoner. He frequently wrote under the pseudonyms Nikolay Arzhak (Russian: Никола́й Аржа́к; IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj ɐrˈʐak]) and Yu. Petrov (Russian: Ю. Петро́в; IPA: [ˈju pʲɪˈtrof]).

Early life and World War II

Yuli Daniel was born in Moscow, the son of the Yiddish playwright M. Daniel (Mark Meyerovich, Russian: Марк Наумович Меерович). In 1942, during World War II, Yuli Daniel lied about his age and volunteered to serve on the 2nd Ukrainian and the 3rd Belorussian fronts. In 1944 he was critically wounded in his legs and was demobilized.

Writing and arrest

In 1950, Daniel graduated from Moscow Pedagogical Institute, and went to work as a schoolteacher in Kaluga and Moscow. He also published translations of verse from a variety of languages, and, like his friend Andrei Sinyavsky, wrote topical stories and novellas ("Moscow Speaking") and smuggled them to France to be published under pseudonyms (see samizdat). Daniel married Larisa Bogoraz, who later also became a famous dissident.

In 1965, Daniel and Sinyavsky were arrested and tried in the infamous Sinyavsky-Daniel trial. Both writers entered a plea of not guilty. On February 14, 1966, Daniel was sentenced to five years of hard labor for "anti-Soviet activity".

In 1967, Andrei Sakharov appealed directly to Yuri Andropov on behalf of Daniel. Sakharov was told that both Daniel and Sinyavsky would be released under a general amnesty on the fiftieth anniversary of the October revolution. This turned out to be false, as the amnesty did not apply to political prisoners.[3]

Late years and influence

According to Fred Coleman, "Historians now have no difficulty pinpointing the birth of the modern Soviet dissident movement. It began in February 1966 with the trial of Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel, two Russian writers who ridiculed the Communist regime in satires smuggled abroad and published under pen names. They didn't realize at the time that they were starting a movement that would help end Communist rule."[4] Sinyavsky and Daniel did not intend to oppose the Soviet Union. Daniel was genuinely worried about a resurgence of the Cult of Personality under Khrushchev, which inspired his story "This is Moscow Speaking", while Sinyavsky affirmed that he believed Socialism was the way forward but that the methods employed were at times erroneous.

After four years of captivity in Mordovia labor camps of Dubravlag and one year in Vladimir Prison, Daniel refused to emigrate (as was customary among Soviet dissidents) and lived in Kaluga.

Before his death Bulat Okudzhava acknowledged that some translations published under Okudzhava's name had in fact been ghostwritten by Daniel, who was on the list of authors banned from being published in the Soviet Union.


  1. "Soviet dissident Yuli Daniel; imprisoned for publishing abroad". The Los Angeles Times. 1 January 1989.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Spender, Stephen (May 1994). "With concern for those not free". Index on Censorship. 23 (1–2): 78–79. doi:10.1080/03064229408535641.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Sakharov, Andrei (1990). Memoirs. London: Hutchinson. pp. 276–277. ISBN 0091746361.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Coleman, Fred (1997). The decline and fall of Soviet empire: forty years that shook the world, from Stalin to Yeltsin. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 95. ISBN 0-312-16816-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • "Бегство" (The Escape), 1956
  • "Человек из МИНАПа" (A Man from MINAP), 1960 [1]
  • "Говорит Москва" (Report from Moscow), 1961 [2]
  • "Искупление" (The Redemption), 1964
  • "Руки" (The Hands)
  • "Письмо другу" (A Letter to a Friend), 1969
  • "Ответ И.Р.Шафаревичу" (The Response to Igor Shafarevich), 1975
  • "Книга сновидений" (A Book of Dreams)
  • "Я все сбиваюсь на литературу..." Письма из заключения. Стихи (The Letters from Prison), 1972 (ISBN 0-87955-501-7)
  • "This is Moscow Speaking", and Other Stories, Collins, Harvill: London, 1968, translated by Michael Scammell.

Further reading

  • "Russia: a bit of fear". Time. 25 February 1966.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "World: a day in the life of Yuli Daniel". Time. 6 June 1969.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Chapple, Richard (February 1976). "Criminals and criminality according to the Soviet dissidents–works of Andrey Sinyavsky and Yuly Daniel". In Fox, Vernon (ed.) (ed.). Proceedings of the 21st annual Southern conference on corrections. 21. Tallahassee: Florida State University. pp. 149–158.CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Nivat, Georges; Kravetz, Marc (1977). URSS: gli scrittori del dissenso: Bukowsky, Calamov, Daniel, Guinzburg, Pliusc, Solgeniztin [USSR: writers of dissent: Bukovsky, Shalamov, Daniel, Ginzburg, Plyushch, Solzhenitsyn] (in Italian). Venezia: La Biennale di Venezia. OCLC 797904993.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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