Svetlana Alliluyeva

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Date of Birth February 28, 1926
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death Nov 22, 2011 (85)
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Svetlana Alliluyeva

Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva, later known as Lana Peters, was the youngest child and only daughter of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and his second wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. In 1967, she caused an international furor when she defected to, and in 1978 became a naturalized citizen of, the United States. From 1984 to 1986, she briefly returned to the Soviet Union and had her Soviet citizenship returned. She was Stalin's last surviving child.

Born: Svetlana Iosifovna Stalina, February 28, 1926, Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died: November 22, 2011, Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S.
Nationality: Soviet (1926–1967, 1984–1991), American (naturalized 1978–1984), British (1992–2011)
Other names: Lana Peters
Occupation: Writer and Lecturer
Children: Iosif (1945–2008), Yekaterina/Katya (1950–), Olga/Chrese Evans (1971–)
Parent(s): Joseph Stalin, Nadezhda Alliluyeva
Relatives: Vasily Dzhugashvili (brother), Yakov Dzhugashvili (half-brother), Konstantin Kuzakov (half-brother)

About Svetlana Alliluyeva

Historian, political theorist, writer and lecturer who is best known for being the youngest child and only daughter of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin who defected when the Russian dictator died.

Before Fame

An early relationship of hers was cut short by her father because the other man was Jewish.


She became a naturalized US citizen in 1967, which resulted in an international furor.

Family Life

She married an Indian student who later died and she was later married to American architect William Wesley Peters.


The infamous dictator Joseph Stalin was her father.

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