Soviet Union An Endless Odyssey

Stalin's daughter moves again

When Svetlana Alliluyeva, the only daughter of Joseph Stalin, defected to the U.S. almost 20 years ago and declared her homeland a "prison," the West enjoyed a huge propaganda coup. When she redefected to the Soviet Union in 1984, the Soviets could claim their own victory after she said that she had not been free for "one single day" while living in the U.S. Last week Svetlana again returned to American soil. But this time neither East nor West had much to say, perhaps in recognition that her restless wanderings are intensely personal and have little to do with ideologies.


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