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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Journalist Expelled by Soviets Dies

WASHINGTON — Anatole Shub, a retired Russian research analyst at the U.S. Information Agency and a former Washington Post correspondent once expelled from Moscow for stories deemed slanderous to the Communist government, died July 2 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District of Columbia after a stroke. He had pneumonia. He was 78.

Shub (pronounced "shewb") grew up in New York immersed in Russian history. His father had escaped Siberian exile, was a biographer of Lenin and ran a small salon for Russian refugees in his home.

Post-revolutionary leaders such as Alexander Kerensky came "trooping through our living room," Shub once said.

All this was highly influential to him, as was his father's political sympathy with the Mensheviks, the moderate opponents to the more fanatical Bolsheviks. After college, Shub became managing editor of the New Leader magazine, a liberal, anti-communist publication, and won a European fellowship sponsored by the Institute of Current World Affairs, a foundation to train young intellectuals in foreign politics and culture.

He came on staff at The Post in 1964, first as a Bonn-based correspondent. In 1967, he decamped for Moscow and opened a bureau that had been dark for 18 months since the previous reporter had been expelled for irritating the Soviet government.

Shub wrote skeptically about the post-Stalin era. He highlighted the arrest of such dissidents as Andrei Amalrik (essayist of "Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?"), the mounting power of the secret police, the turmoil within the Kremlin leadership, rising anti-Semitism and the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to staunch a period of liberalization.

Shub wrote that his Post series, "Russia Turns Back the Clock" — which won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists — was meant to convey how "the present Kremlin rulers are leading Russia down the same melancholy path as the Romanov tsars took a century ago."

He expanded the articles into a short book, "A New Russian Tragedy" (1969), which noted his expulsion that year.

The Russian authorities had used his friendship with a dissident historian as one pretext for his ouster. But in addition, Shub was the brother-in-law of Melvin Lasky, who ran the influential anti-communist magazine Encounter. Shub's older brother, Boris, was a key organizer of Radio Liberty, a U.S.-funded operation broadcasting to the East bloc countries from Eastern Europe.

"In retrospect," Anatole Shub later wrote, "it was less surprising that I was expelled than that I had been admitted in the first place."

He was born May 19, 1928, in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Brooklyn. He was a 1948 graduate of the City College of New York.

Shub wrote "An Empire Loses Hope: the Return of Stalin's Ghost" (1970) and subsequently became a Munich-based news director at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty — reorganized at the time to eliminate CIA financing. He then returned to Washington to do programming work for a related oversight agency called the Board for International Broadcasting.

He worked for the United States Information Agency from 1993 to 2002 and continued to contribute articles to the New Leader, which recently shut down.

Shub's marriages to Joyce Lasky and to Barbara Raskin, author of the best-selling feminist novel "Hot Flashes," ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Adam Shub in Paris and Rachel Shub in Geneva and two grandchildren.