In 1967 Stalin’s Daughter Defected To America. But 17 Years On She Had A Surprising Change Of Heart

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Image: via Wikimedia Commons
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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.

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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.

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