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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Boss Dies, Age 93


Nikolai Starostin, founder and past president of Spartak Moscow, has died one week short of his 94th birthday.

With his brothers -- Alexander, Andrei and Pyotr -- Starostin played for the Soviet Union as it emerged as a soccer force between the wars.

He was a founding member of Spartak in the 1923, breaking the mold of clubs run by the military and big state corporations.

Stalin condemned him to 10 years in a labor camp for promoting "bourgeois sport." It was only the intervention of the dictator's son, Vasily, that saved him.

Starostin, who died Saturday night, remained active with the club until his death, although Oleg Romantsev took over day-to-day operations in 1994.