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

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Image: Soumya S Das
Image: Soumya S. Das

After her father’s death, Svetlana and other Russians gradually found out the truth about the dictator’s crimes against the Russian people. And this motivated her to take a drastic course of action. While she was in India, she made her way to the American Embassy in New Delhi.

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Image: UPI
Image: UPI

At the embassy, she declared her desire to defect from the Soviet Union. Chester Bowles, the U.S. ambassador, granted her political asylum. This started a momentous episode in Svetlana’s life. Her subsequent appearance in New York was a massive media event. At the height of the Cold War, Stalin’s daughter had turned her back on the Soviet Union, embracing its most bitter enemy, the United States.

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