Svetlana Alliluyeva
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Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, on her father

The only daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has died of colon cancer in a US care home, aged 85.

Svetlana Alliluyeva, also known as Lana Peters, passed away in the state of Wisconsin on 22 November, US officials have confirmed.

Her defection from the Soviet Union in 1967 was a propaganda coup for the US.

At a press conference in New York shortly after her arrival, she was asked if she agreed with her father's rule.

She said she disapproved of many things, but that the responsibility for them also lay with the Communist regime and ideology as a whole, not just one man.

  • 29 Nov 2011
  • From the section Europe