Typewriters and Mug Shots: The Top 10 Literary Outlaws

5. Isaac Babel

The NKVD arrested the venerable author of Red Cavalry in 1939 and falsely accused him of belonging to an anti-Soviet Trotskyite organization, as well as for spying for France and Austria. He was shot in Lubyanka prison in 1940, at the age of forty-six, becoming yet another victim of Stalin’s police state.