Svetlana Alliluyeva was probably the only person who melted the heart of the fearsome Josef Stalin. This happened when she was a little girl. At this point, of course, she was unable to establish a connection between the loving man who was playing with her and the Russian leader who had sown terror on his own territory.
This woman surprised the world in the 1960s when she left what was then the Soviet Union and applied for asylum in the United States. Let us remember that this country was one of her father’s greatest opponents. From that moment on, it was used as a propaganda award for the famous Cold War. They used their figure to discredit the regime their father led.
The torments and contradictions that Svetlana Alliluyeva experienced explain why she changed her name several times. She was born as Svetlana Iosifovna Stalin. However, she then changed her father’s surname and became Svetlana Alliluyeva. In the end, she stopped using that name too, and ended up becoming Lana Peters.
Svetlana Alliluyeva, a paradoxical childhood
Svetlana Alliluyeva was the only daughter of Josef Stalin, but he also had two sons. One was from his first marriage and one from his second, with Svetlana’s mother, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. Biographers who studied Stalin’s life indicate that only three people softened the heart of this leader. One of these people was his own mother, Ekaterina Gueladze.
Another person who melted his heart was his first wife, Ekaterina Svanidze. He was really in love with her, but she died of tuberculosis at a very young age. Some say that after the loss of Ekaterina, Stalin was never the same.
In addition, there was one other person that this leader really loved and this was his daughter Svetlana. Little did she know that the man who spoiled her every day was one of the cruelest men in Russian history.
Svetlana Alliluyeva received her education inside the Moscow Kremlin, just as if the rest of the world didn’t exist. She lived in a worldly way and therefore completely ignored what was happening in the outside world. She was raised by a babysitter. Her father didn’t spend much time with her, but he always managed to let her know how much he loved her. Indeed, Svetlana’s mother seemed the furthest away.
An absent mother
When Svetlana Alliluyeva was six years old, her mother suddenly died. Official sources said she suffered fatal appendicitis.
While this has always been a mystery, there is enough evidence to suggest that the death of Nadia, Svetlana’s mother, was not a natural one. She fell madly in love with Stalin, that’s for sure. However, when she went to university, she was disappointed to see what he was doing with Russia.
Nadia was one of the few people who yelled “executioners” in Stalin’s face. The day before her death, she had a sharp public discussion with the Führer. There is testimony that he was physically aggressive towards her in public.
The next day, she was found on her bed with a bullet in her heart. Most people believed she committed suicide while others believed her husband killed her. Svetlana Alliluyeva was forced to believe the official version.
Svetlana Alliluyeva and the sad awakening
As Svetlana Alliluyeva grew up, she also began to realize that things in her country were not what she had believed until then. She maintained a close and loving relationship with her father until she was 16 years old. At this age, Svetlana had already learned English. One day she accessed an article in that language that suggested that her mother had committed suicide.
This news sparked a great disagreement with the person who had been a loving father to her up to that point. She later fell in love with a film director who was much older than her. However, Stalin did not approve of this relationship.
To end the relationship, he ordered some of his people to arrest him and take him to Siberia. When she was only 19 years old, she married and had a child. Maybe she just did it to rebel against her father. This was the first of four short marriages in which she had two more daughters.
After Stalin’s death
When her father died, she was not allowed to talk about the leader’s personal life. Her feelings towards her father were always ambivalent; she loved and hated him at the same time. About 14 years later, she traveled to India alone. She left her then 19 and 16 year old children alone. In April 1967 she arrived in the United States and began working as a writer there. They paid her $3 million there for her autobiography.
She married again and had a daughter, Olga. After her final divorce and various avatars, all caused by the political shadow that followed her at every turn, Svetlana tried to commit suicide in 1991. An undertaking that she should not succeed. In 2011 she died of cancer and asked everyone not to transfer her body to Russia after her death.