The Library has purchased several nearly complete digital archives of some of the most prominent Soviet national-level newspapers as well as a runs of several titles from individual Soviet republics. All patrons have access to these resources in the Library via library guest wifi; UNC affiliates have remote access. OCR can be spotty, particularly for older issues, so keyword search results should be taken with a grain of salt, and the online version may need to be supplemented by print or microform holdings.
Argumenty i fakty ("Arguments and facts"), originally a monthly information bulletin aimed at Soviet propagandists, transformed into a full-fledged national-level weekly and a major mouthpiece of perestroika and glasnost by the late 1980s. In 1990 the newspaper became the highest circulating newspaper in the world with a print run of 33,431,100 copies and was entered into the Guinness Book of Records.
1984-2001 in print (with some issues missing) and 1994, 1998-2007 on microfiche and microfilm (also with some issues missing) via UNC University Libraries.
Izvestiia ("Announcements", "Reports" or, simply, "News") was a national-level daily (issued 6 times a week) and the official mouthpiece of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the USSR. The newspaper was founded in March 1917 as the official newspaper of the Petrograd Soviet, later of the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union, then of the Council of the People's Deputies. By the late 1960s its print run was over 8 million copies, and by 1990, over 10 million. The newspaper had a national and a Moscow edition, and, after 1960, a Sunday supplement called Неделя (Nedelia, "The Week"), not included in the digital archive.
Literaturnaia gazeta ("The Literary Newspaper") was a national-level weekly of the Writer's Union of the USSR, published since 1929. After 1947 the newspaper began to cover politics and social issues in addition to literature and the arts.
Pravda ("The Truth") was Soviet Union's leading national daily and the official publication of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In the pre-revolutionary period, it was a Bolshevik newspaper that changed its name multiple times to evade censorship, thus Правда труда (Pravda truda), Пролетарская правда (Proletarskaia pravda), Рабочая правда (Rabochaia pravda), Трудовая правда (Trudovaia pravda), Северная правда (Severnaia pravda), Рабочий (Rabochii), Рабочий путь (Rabochii put'), За правду (Za pravdu), Рабочий и солдат (Rabochii i soldat) and Путь правды (Put' pravdy) were all published intermittently in Saint Petersburg between 1912 and 1918.
Pravda Ukrainy ("The Truth of Ukraine"), originally Советская Украина (Sovetskaia Ukraina), was a Russian-language republic-level daily (issued 6 times a week) and the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, published since 1938.
Sovetskaia Kirgiziia ("Soviet Kighizia") was a Russian-language republic-level daily (issued 6 times a week) and the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Kirghiz Communist Party, published since 1925. It was preceded by Батрацкая правда (Batratskaia pravda) and Крестьянский путь (Krestianskii put').
Sovetskaia kul'tura ("Soviet Culture") was a national culture and arts weekly and the official publication of the Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Workers Labor Union, published since 1953. It was preceded by Рабочий и искусство (Rabochii i iskusstvo), Советское искусство (Sovetskoe iskusstvo), Литература и искусство (Literatura i iskusstvo), and Советское искусство (Sovetskoe iskusstvo), published between 1929 and 1953.
Moscow News was Soviet Union's English-language weekly aimed at readers abroad and ex-pats in the Soviet Union, published since 1930.
Russian National Library's newspaper discovery tool that allows you to see which newspapers have been digitized for a given day in history.
Collection of scattered issues of late 1910s-early 1920s newspapers from the Russian State Public Historical Library.
Selections of digitized newspapers from various years from the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library.
Novosibirsk Oblast Scientific Library collection of digitized local Siberian newspapers from 1920s-1940s, including the major regional daily Советская Сибирь (Sovetskaia Sibir').
Archive of periodicals published on the territory of present-day Ukraine from the first half of the 20th century. Includes a number of local Soviet-era newspapers from the 1920s from Eastern and Central Ukraine, as well as a wealth of newspapers published in Nazi-occupied territories in the 1940s.
Center for Research Libraries digital collection of scattered or single issues from 70 scare newspapers, primarily from St. Petersburg and Moscow, but also from a number of cities in Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, and Siberia.
Defunct portal (archived via Wayback Machine) hosting scattered digitized issues of different newspapers from different years. Not a consistent research tool, but a way to get a taste for some of the content.
March 1932 and March 1937 issues (the end of first two five-year plans) via the History Department of Moscow State University.