Dr Phil Clapham of the National Marine Mammal Lab became involved in this effort during a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr Bob Brownell in 1995. Beginning in 2006, Yulia Ivashchenko (now Phil’s wife) joined the project to translate formerly secret Soviet scientific reports (Ivashchenko et al. 2007). She followed this with translation of Fred Berzin’s remarkable memoir on Soviet whaling, which was published at the end of 2008 (Ivashchenko et al. 2008).