However, it does seem that Stalin showed normal paternal affection towards his daughter during her childhood. But as she grew up and fell in love, aged 16 with a 40-year-old filmmaker, Stalin disapproved. The unfortunate suitor was sentenced to a 10-year stretch in the labor camps.
But a year later, Svetlana fell in love again, this time with a perhaps more suitable partner, a classmate at Moscow University. This time Stalin allowed Svetlana to marry, although he pointedly refused to meet Svetlana’s husband-to-be. A son, Iosif, came along in 1945, although an apparently amicable divorce followed in 1947.