Simon Kuper: Spartak Moscow, 10 June 2010
Show More Spartak Moscow: A History of the People’s Team in the Workers’ State by Robert Edelman.
Cornell, 346 pp., £21.95, January 2010, 978 0 8014 4742 6Show More
“... One night in 1942, Nikolai Starostin, founder of the Spartak Moscow football club, woke to find a torch shining in his eyes and two pistols pointed at his head. He had spent years waiting for his arrest; Lavrenty Beria, head of Stalin’s secret police and director of Dinamo Moscow football club, did not like him. He was taken to the Lubianka for long interrogations ...”