RUSSIA: The Quick & the Dead

Nobody recognized the aging white-haired man who walked about Moscow, staring with rheumy eyes at the broad streets and tall buildings. He was Andrei Bubnov, one of the five top Bolsheviks to direct the October 1917 Revolution. As Lenin's Commissar of Education he had set out to create Homo sovieticus, the new Soviet man. But somewhere along the line, vodka-swilling Andrei Bubnov had tangled with a new type of Soviet man called Joseph Stalin, and in 1937 he disappeared. Unlike tens of thousands of other old Bolsheviks, Bubnov had survived 19 years...

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