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(Beacon), a Soviet Russian sociopolitical and literary illustrated weekly journal. It has been published since 1923 in Moscow. The first editor of the journal was M. E. Kol’tsov (1923–38); subsequent editors were E. P. Petrov and A. A. Sur-kov. Since 1953, the journal’s editor has been A. V. Sofronov.

Ogonek publishes articles about life in the Soviet Union, short stories, essays, poetry, and picture stories. Since 1925, Ogonek has published a literary supplement, and since 1928, the collected works of Russian and foreign writers. In 1973, Ogonek was awarded the Order of Lenin. Circulation, more than 2 million (1974).


Belaia, G., and G. Skorokhodov. “Zhurnaly ‘Krasnaia Niva,’ ‘Prozhektor,’ Ogonek.’ ” In Ocherki istorii russkoi sovetskoi zhurnalistiki: 1917–1932, vol. 1. Moscow, 1966.
Dymshits, A. “Sveti, ‘Ogonek’!: K 50-letiiu zhurnala.” Sovetskaia kul’tura, Mar. 30, 1973.
Sofronov, A. “ ‘Ogon’ku’—piat’desiat.” Zhurnalist, 1973, no. 4.


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