TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SVETLANA ALLILUYEVA (1926)

Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926)

The youngest child of Joseph Stalin, and his only daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva caused a furor when she defected to the West in the 1960s, leaving behind her two grown children in the process. After becoming a naturalized US citizen, she published two successful memoirs, married, took the name Lana Peters, had a daughter, and divorced. In 1984, she returned to the USSR and renounced her defection, but her resolve soon wavered. How long was it before she left again for the West? More… Discuss

 

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6 responses to “TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SVETLANA ALLILUYEVA (1926)

  1. I hadn’t heard of her. What a woman!

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