Then Svetlana remarried in 1949, this time to Yuri Zhdanov, whose father Andrei, on the extreme left of this photograph, was a key lieutenant of Stalin’s. The two had a daughter, Yekaterina, in 1950 but divorce again followed. Settling down did not seem to be easy for Stalin’s daughter.
Then in 1953, Stalin died and Svetlana’s life was about to change forever. After his death, Svetlana had yet another short-lived marriage lasting about a year to a nephew of Stalin’s, Ivan Svanidze. Then she met an Indian communist, Brajesh Singh, and started a relationship that was to have far-reaching consequences for her. Singh died in 1966, and Svetlana was given permission to travel to India so that his ashes could be consigned to the Ganges.