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Stalin’s daughter: Woman without a country

Svetlana Alliluyeva in 1967, the year she defected to the United States. Svetlana Alliluyeva in 1967, the year she defected to the United States. (Getty Images)
November 30, 2011
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In superficial ways, the life of Svetlana Stalina was a metaphor for the Cold War; the daughter of Joseph Stalin, once a child celebrity in the Soviet Union, died in Wisconsin last week at 85 as Lana Peters. Yet her strange journey was tragic on its own terms, too.

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