The political control of the literary activities in the former Soviet Union was a sad reality but not even the literary work of the emigrants could avoid the censorship. The author was allowed to create - but the necessity of publishing in emigrant press and earning his living by literature, similarly to the situation in the USSR, brought to him some creative restrictions, including those ideological. As a pars pro toto the author of the study deals with the case of the Parisian emigrant magazine 'Sovremennye zapiski' published by the SR members, in which among others appeared such personalities as Bunin, Gippius, Nabokov, Tsvetaeva, Merezhkovsky, Shmelov. Not even these great names, however, were able to avoid the restrictions, which the advisory board could afford because of political reasons. The autor on the basis of several literary documents, diaries and memories reconstructs the image of the contemporary functioning of the magazine 'Sovremennye zapiski'