In December 2017, I posted another collection of documents from the CIA archive on my Twitter account. The Directorate of Intelligence’s Office of Soviet Analysis (SOVA) group published a Secret (occasionally Top Secret) periodical called USSR Montly Review from at least January 1982 until December 1984, which was replaced by USSR Review published once every two months starting February 1985.
The issues of the USSR Review covered various aspects of Soviet affairs, from international relations and force modernization to domestic agriculture. Each issue through December 1986 had a theme to which the bulk of the articles in the issues related to. Additionally, each issue contained a number of articles on other themes, as well as some ‘briefs’, which captured certain timely pieces of information.
The USSR Review should not be confused with the USSR Report, which was an open source product of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), also part of the CIA.
Going back to the USSR Review, in addition to the Soviet Union itself, the articles can offer interesting perspective to military and space programs in the 1980s, as well as to CIA’s perspective of Soviet relations with various countries.
Below is a list of links to the issues of USSR (Monthly) Review I’ve found to date, sorted by data and main theme of each issue listed, if one was identifiable.