Joel Shubin

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Joel Shubin (died March 24, 1942) was a Jewish[1] Russian agronomist, journalist, and an alleged Communist International representative to the American Communist Party.[1] At one time, he served as the Soviet Deputy Minister of Agriculture.


Shubin edited the Moscow-based Peasant Gazette in the 1930s. A widower with a teenage daughter, he married the American journalist Anna Louise Strong without ceremony in 1931,[2] and they remained married for the rest of his life. At the time, Strong edited the English-language version of another Soviet newspaper, Moscow News; while Shubin often accompanied Strong during her trips back to the United States, the two were often separated due to work commitments. According to Rewi Alley's account, Strong later said: "perhaps we married because we were both so doggone lonely...but we were very happy."[2]

Shubin died of a lung disease under mysterious circumstances on March 24, 1942.[3] Strong, who was working in California at the time, didn't learn of her husband's death until that August.[4] It was reported in 1949 that an unnamed Soviet official suspected that Shubin was "liquidated."[5]


  1. ^ Robert L Cohn, Early postwar travelers on the future of Jewish life in Poland, Polish Review, 53(3), 2008
  2. ^,2920050
  3. ^ Duke, David C. (1 January 1975). "Anna Louise Strong and the Search for a Good Cause". The Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 66 (3): 123–137R. doi:10.2307/40489406 (inactive 2017-01-24). JSTOR 40489406. 
  4. ^ "Anna Louise Strong papers - Special Collections, UW Libraries". 
  5. ^ "Morning Avalanche, February 18, 1949, Page 23". 18 February 1949. 


  • ^ See Judith Nies. Nine Women: Portraits from the American Radical Tradition, University of California Press, 2002, ISBN 0-520-22965-7 p. 166
  • ^ Claimed in the following non-peer reviewed publication: Herbert Romerstein, Eric Breindel. The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, Washington, DC, Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2000, ISBN 0-89526-275-4 p. 71

Further reading[edit]

  • "Anna Louise Strong, American writer in China", in Notable Women of China: Shang Dynasty to the Early Twentieth Century. New York, M.E. Sharp, Inc, 2000 ISBN 0-7656-0504-X p379.
  • David Caute. The Fellow Travellers: Intellectual Friends of Communism, Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-03875-5 pp. 79–80