Joseph Stalin
Russians Mourn the Death of Stalin the Myth Not the Man

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Upon Joseph Stalin’s death on March 5, 1953, Russians share their reaction to his death. Former dissidents such as Lev Kopelev even wept for the corrupt dictator who ruled Russia for over three decades: “It wasn’t the real Stalin that we…that I and others like me mourned in those days. It … Continue reading

Cold War
Daughter of Stalin Speaks After Defection to U.S.

Svetlana Alliluyeva, Daughter of Stalin, speaks to the press in 1967 after her defection to the United States

Svetlana Alliuyeva, the youngest child and only daughter of Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin, addresses the press concerning her 1967 immigration to the United States. Svetlana, who changed her named to Lana Peters after moving to America, sparked international scandal with her defection from the Soviet Union becoming a naturalized … Continue reading