Soviet leader Josef Stalin with his son Vasily and daughter Svetlana, 1930s. Artist: Pyotr Otsup
Soviet leader Josef Stalin with his son Vasily and daughter Svetlana, 1930s. Vasily Iosifovich Dzhugashvili (1921-1962) and Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva (1926-2011) were the children of Stalin (1879-1953) and his second wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. Vasily served in the Red Army air force, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-General. In 1952 he was dismissed from his command of the Air Force in the Moscow Military District after insisting that aircraft flew in bad weather during a military parade, resulting in two bombers crashing. After his father's death, Vasily fell foul of the regime. He was arrested for divulging secret information at a dinner with foreign diplomats and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. He was released in 1960, but died just after 2 years later from the effects of chronic alcoholism. Svetlana defected to the United States in 1967. From a private collection.
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Pyotr Lavrovich Lavrov, Russian publisher, preparing the journal Vpered (Forward), c1873. Artist: Unknown
Pyotr Lavrovich Lavrov, Russian philosopher, preparing the journal Vpered! (Forward!), c1873. Lavrov (1823-1900) (left) was a member of the Narodniks, a socially conscious movement that emerged in Russia's middle classes in the 1860s and 1870s after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. In 1868 his radical views caused him to be exiled to the Urals, but he escaped and moved abroad to Paris, then Zurich. In 1872 he founded Vpered!, a socialist journal, in which he analysed Russian history and postulated that a socialist revolution in Russia would require the involvelent of the rural masses. From a private collection.
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