Ep. 7: Starostin’s Spartak Brotherhood Part 6

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From winning the Golden Double to the brutality in the infamous Lubyanka prison and the GULAG. Football will reveal itself much more important to their lives than the Starostins had ever imagined. Nikolai sees hope for early freedom and makes a deal with the devil.

What we cover in this episode:

  • Imprisonment in Lubyanka
  • NKVD process and methods of interrogation
  • Trial and sentence
  • Life in the GULAG camps
  • Nikolai makes a deal with the devil


Spartak Moscow: A History of the People’s Team in the Workers’ State by Robert Edelman

Stalin and his Hangmen by Donald Rayfield

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Starostin Brothers by Boris Dukhon and George Morozov

Soviet Sport and Transnational Mass Culture in the 1930’s by Barbara Keys

A Tale of Football by Andrey Starostin

Spring of the Patriarch by Nikolai Starostin