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Lenizdat (Leningrad State Publishing House)

Lenizdat published books, political literature, magazines, posters, brochures, postcards and newspapers. Its history extends to the 1917 October Revolution in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) where its origins began as the publishing entity for the Petrograd Soviet inside the Smolny Institute. Around 1919, the publisher was named Petrogosizdat (Petrograd State Publishing) and in 1924, its name was abbreviated to Lengiz (Leningrad State Publishing House). After 1925, the publishing entity served as a quasi-independent firm subordinate to Gosizdat (State Publishing House). By the mid-1920s, the publisher was located on the Avenue of the 25th of October (Nevsky Prospect).

In 1930, the Lengiz name was changed to Lenoblizdat (Leningrad Regional Publishing) and it became the Leningrad base for Ogiz (Association of State Book and Magazine Publishers), the state publishing monopoly. In 1938 Lenoblizdat was transformed into Lenizdat whereby it served as the publishing arm of the Leningrad Regional Committee of the Communist Party until 1992. From 1963 until the 1990s, the publisher was located at 59 Fontanka River Embankment.

Sources & Citations

(1933) putevoditel' po leningradu s predlozheniyem novogo plana t. Leningrada. Leningrad: Izdatel'stvo Lenoblispolkoma i Lensoveta.
Kassof, B. E. (2000). The knowledge front: Politics, ideology, and economics in the Soviet book publishing industry, 1925-1935. (St. Petersburg Encyclopedia) (Lenizdat history by A.N. Stefanov., M.K. Lemke) (59 Fontanka address)