Sergei N. Kourdakov

Sergei N. Kourdakov

Birth
Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia
Death 1 Jan 1973 (aged 21)
San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section: V, Lot: 116, Grave: 6
Memorial ID 25309269 · View Source
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Author and evangelist. As a young Communist, he was recruited by the KGB to lead a squad whose job it was to break up underground meetings of Christian believers, brutally if need be. He underwent a spiritual conversion and in early September 1971, by this time a Soviet naval officer, he jumped ship off the Pacific Coast of Canada and made his way to shore. After his defection, he joined a California religious group, Underground Evangelism, and traveled around the United States speaking for this group. He was found dead of a gunshot wound in a California motel and his autobiography, variously titled The Persecutor and Forgive Me, Natasha (Natasha was a believer who helped inspire his conversion to Christianity) was published posthumously. His story was the basis of a 2004 documentary, Forgive Me, Sergei.


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  • Added: 16 Mar 2008
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sergei N. Kourdakov (1 Mar 1951–1 Jan 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. 25309269, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by ronzoni (contributor 46858258) .