Ep. 3: Starostin’s Spartak Brotherhood Part 2

Part 2 of the series spans from 1918 to 1925 and in that time frame, we see the Starostins deal with life in the post revolutionary landscape of the Soviet Union. Consequently, they will go from tragedy to the promise of a bright future ahead and along the way, there will be lessons to be learned, examples to be followed and cautionary tales.

What we cover in this episode:

  • A recycling of Moscow’s football
  • Lenin
  • The Red Terror
  • Famine of 1921
  • Tragedy hits the family
  • Mentor Ivan Artemyev shows Nikolai the ropes
  • Krasnaya Presnya is born
  • Moscow Championship
  • Soviet Championship
  • NEP
  • Nikolai gets married
  • Dynamo: The new kid on the block
  • Questions around professionalism


Revolutionizing Mind and Soul? Soviet Youth and Cultural Campaigns during the New Economic Policy (1921-8) by Matthias Neumann

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile by Helen Rappaport

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

A Short History of the Russian Revolution by Joel Carmichael

Lenin: A Revolutionary Life by Christopher Read