Sergei Eliseev: The Timid Revolutionary – Iron Game History – May, 2003

Revolutionary politics and weightlifting are rarely joined in the same individual, especially when the athlete is from a repressive regime, but sometimes men are forced to act by circumstances. Such was the case with Sergei Eliseev, an extraordinary athlete who opposed the cruel authority of the Russian Czar and paid dearly for his actions. In one of the ironies that history often displays, this gentle revolutionary was fated to survive the excesses of one tyrant only to fall victim to another.