I got an email this morning about a new blog called Executed Today. The blog, according to its introductory entry, seeks to provide “an unrepresentative but arresting view of the human condition across time and circumstance from the parlous vantage of the scaffold.” It’s no surprise that Russia will figure prominently an the the site’s daily chronicles of executions pile up. In fact, it already has one Russia related execution as part of its theme Spies. Today we have Sidney Reilly, British spy and the inspiration for James Bond, who was executed on 5 November 1925 for his attempting to organize a coup against the Soviet government. Reilly didn’t fair as well as his fictional counterpart and was shot in a forest outside of Moscow. I’m told that Wednesday’s entry will feature the Soviet spy Richard Sorge who was hanged in Japan. Check it out.
Guest: Douglas Smith on The Russian Job: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.