This celebrity goo was created by player Samir Mehta.
Scott Hardie provided the gooed image, category, and difficulty, made minor changes to the clue provided by Samir, and wrote the explanation.
publication date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (part of Summer 2015)
clue: He's not there. Double plus ungood.
explanation: In the Soviet society critcized by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, Yezhov was a top police officer known for "disappearing" enemies of the state by executing them and destroying any records that they existed. He himself suffered this fate when he fell out of favor, becoming the most famous example of an "unperson" in Soviet history. more…
trivia: The images used for the goo are the before-and-after versions of a famous photo of Yezhov with Joseph Stalin that saw him erased from history.