Magazine article Russian Life

Svetlana Alliluyeva

Magazine article Russian Life

Svetlana Alliluyeva

Article excerpt

STALIN'S only daughter was living in Wisconsin under the name Lana Peters when she died of colon cancer last month at the age of 85. But this was only her final identity in a life full of geographical and ideological zigzags - a life overshadowed by the dark and towering figure of her father.

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Born Svetlana Stalina, she was most widely known as Svetlana Alliluyeva, the last name she took from her mother, and the name under which she penned her memoirs, Twenty Letters to a Friend, written in the 1960s and offering a rare glimpse inside the Soviet regime during Stalin's lifetime.

Twenty Letters was published after Alliluyeva fled to the West, via the U.S. embassy in India, where she had traveled with the ashes of Brajesh Singh, an Indian Communist with whom she was in love but not allowed to formally marry. He was the third of her four husbands.

Alliluyeva eventually settled in the U.S., and could have lived out a modestly comfortable life, earning royalties and enjoying her status as the highest profile defector of the Cold War era. …

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