Robert Robinson (1907–1994), the "poster child for Soviet antiracism", was a Jamaican-born toolmaker who worked in the auto industry in the United States. At the age of 23, he was recruited to work in the Soviet Union. Shortly after his arrival in Stalingrad, Robinson was racially assaulted by two white American workers, both of whom were subsequently arrested, tried and expelled from the Soviet Union with great publicity.

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  • Robert Robinson (1907–1994), the "poster child for Soviet antiracism", was a Jamaican-born toolmaker who worked in the auto industry in the United States. At the age of 23, he was recruited to work in the Soviet Union. Shortly after his arrival in Stalingrad, Robinson was racially assaulted by two white American workers, both of whom were subsequently arrested, tried and expelled from the Soviet Union with great publicity. As a deputy of the Moscow soviet, [George] Padmore had served on the commission to investigate the assault on Robinson... Even after he had renounced Communism in the mid-1930s, Padmore continued until his death in 1959 to cite the trial of Robinson's assailants as evidence that the USSR was the only country that had effectively eradicated racial discrimination. --The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic, 1500–2000, p. 142, Meredith L. Roman. Rowman & Littlefield (November 16, 2009), ISBN 0742567303 Starting with a one-year contract by Russians to work in the Soviet Union, Robinson twice renewed his contract. After the publicity of his assault, he felt unable to return to the US and accepted Soviet citizenship. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering. His repeated attempts to visit outside the USSR finally resulted in an approved trip to Uganda in 1974, where he asked for and was given asylum. He married an African-American professor working there. He finally gained re-entry to the United States in 1976, and gained attention for his accounts of his 44 years in the Soviet Union. (en)
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  • Last week that coal-black protege of Joseph Stalin, Robert Robinson, was elected, somewhat to his surprise, to the Moscow Soviet.
  • The minute I arrived at 125th street all the desire to be back in America vanished. everyone looked so listless and discontent [sic], that a pall of gloom descended over and enshrouded me. It was so contrary to the lively spirit manifested by the Russian workers going happily about their daily tasks with no thought of tomorrow's loss of job or eviction. [Robinson quoted during his visit back to the USA in summer of 1933]
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  • Robert Robinson (1907–1994), the "poster child for Soviet antiracism", was a Jamaican-born toolmaker who worked in the auto industry in the United States. At the age of 23, he was recruited to work in the Soviet Union. Shortly after his arrival in Stalingrad, Robinson was racially assaulted by two white American workers, both of whom were subsequently arrested, tried and expelled from the Soviet Union with great publicity. (en)
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