December 4th, 2008 Headsman
On this date in 1937, Japanese emigre Masao Sudo was shot in Moscow as a spy.
A true-red Communist who had fled increasingly right-wing Japan in the 1920’s and become a labor organizer in the far east, Sudo shared the tragic fate of the Japanese community in Stalin’s USSR, decimated by denunciations of one another.
Sudo was the father of Russian geologist Mikhail Masaovich Sudo, author of several abstruse texts (and also, it would appear, Japanese language primers for Russian speakers) — and under whom, apparently, you can take classes at the International Independent University of Environmental and Political Sciences.
Masao Sudo was rehabilitated in 1956.
Also on this date
- 1778: Josiah Phillips, attainted by Thomas Jefferson
- 1723: The first London executions under the Waltham Black Act
- Feast Day of Santa Barbara
- 1896: Fred Behme, evangelical Methodist
- 1689: Karposh, Macedonian rebel
- 2001: Lois Nadean Smith
Entry Filed under: 20th Century,Activists,Capital Punishment,Death Penalty,Espionage,Execution,History,Innocent Bystanders,Intellectuals,Political Expedience,Posthumous Exonerations,Power,Racial and Ethnic Minorities,Russia,Shot,USSR,Wrongful Executions