Pavel Sudoplatov,89, the Soviet spymaster who stole the...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 28, 1996

Pavel Sudoplatov,89, the Soviet spymaster who stole the design of the atomic bomb and plotted the assassination of Leon Trotsky, died Tuesday in Moscow after a recent stroke. In 1940, Sudoplatov's branch of Josef Stalin's secret police carried out the stabbing death in Mexico of Trotsky, Stalin's rival. In 1945, his "moles" at Manhattan Project labs obtained a description of the bomb's design and used it to develop Soviet nuclear weapons. A KGB lieutenant general, Sudoplatov was convicted of collaborating with secret police chief Lavrenty P. Beria in 1953. He was freed from prison in 1969 and, in 1992, the government restored his military rank and numerous awards.

Jack Tobin,76, a longtime investigative reporter for Sports Illustrated and Time magazines, died of cancer Thursday in Los Angeles. Tobin was also a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times-owned Mirror in the 1950s and 1960s.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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