The turbulent life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin's defecting daughter

The only daughter of one of history's most infamous dictators

Stars Insider

10/04/23 | StarsInsider


It should come as no surprise to learn that being born under a shadow as large and daunting as Joseph Stalin's inevitably comes with complications. Svetlana Alliluyeva, the youngest child and only daughter of the second leader of the Soviet Union, was in a position unique to even the rest of the Stalin children. Faced with a childhood of tragedy and neglect, Svetlana made history in 1967 when she defied all of her father's wishes and every tradition of the Soviet Union by defecting to the United States. Her tale is truly unlike the story of any other person who came before her or after.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about Stalin's only daughter, and her journey to defection.

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