Sergey Suslin

Sergey Suslin (9 November 1944 – 1989) was a Soviet judoka and sambist. He competed in the men's lightweight event at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]

Sergey Suslin
Personal information
Born(1944-11-09)9 November 1944
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died1989 (aged 44–45)
Moscow, Soviet Union
SportJudo, Sambo

Criminal activity and convictionEdit

Since 1977, he worked as stuntman at the Lenfilm studio, playing minor roles in several Soviet action film. While there, together with other athletes who were employed as stuntmen at the Lenfilm, he took part in robberies and other criminal acts. In 1981, he was arrested and sentenced to 9 years in prison for the murder of his wife. He was released in 1989. He died the same year in Moscow after suffering a heart attack.[2]

According to Nikolai Vashchilin, a USSR Master of Sports in Sambo, the future President of Russia Vladimir Putin and his childhood friend Arkady Rotenberg were associates with the gang of Suslin and the “Jap” in the early 1970s. Suslin's case in the archives is still classified. Nowadays, a memorial judo sports tournament is being held in his honor.[3]


  • Nishioka, Hayward (June 1970). "Black Belt Exclusive: an interview with Russia's controversional judoka [Interpreted by Igor Zatsepin]". Black Belt. 8 (6): 42–44.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sergey Suslin Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Массарский - это Почётный профессор Мориартский плюс..." chitalnya. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ Dmitry Volchek. "Putin was an arrogant yard kid." Memories of a stuntman. (in Russian) Radio Liberty (16 November 2019). Retrieved: 29 May 2020.

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