• Short Summary

    THE DAUGHTER OF JOSEPH STALIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK THAT THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE SOVIET COMMUNIST PARTY SHOULD BEAR SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SEVERE ACTIONS ATTRIBUTED TO HER FATHER WHEN HE RULED THE SOVIET UNION.

  • Description


    MISS SVETLANA STALIN SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: SVETLANA: WELL, THERE ARE TWO POINTS IN THIS. FIRST OF ALL, SELF EXPRESSION. THIS IS THE THING WHICH I MEANT FOR THE PERSON WHO THINKS THAT HE IS A WRITER, HE CAN WRITE, AND THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT HE CAN DO. SUCH PERSON NEEDS FREEDOM TO EXPRESS WHAT HE LIKES, AND SUCH PERSON SHOULD BE SURE THAT HIS BOOKS WILL BE PUBLISHED. THIS IS WHAT I COULD NOT, LIKE MANY OTHER WRITERS, I COULD NOT HAVE AT HOME. NOW ABOUT THE DISAPPROVAL OF....THE POLITICS, OR WHAT IS THERE...OF THE POLITICS OF MY FATHER. WELL, I SHOULD SAY, I MUST SAY TO THIS THAT I.....OF COURSE I DISAPPROVE MANY THINGS, BUT I THINK THAT MANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO STILL ARE IN OUR CENTRAL COMMITTEE AND POLITBURO SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAME THINGS FOR WHICH HE ALONE WAS ACCUSED. AND IF I FEEL THAT SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE HORRIBLE THINGS....KILLING PEOPLE UNJUSTLY...IF FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE WAS AND IS THE PARTY REGIME AND THE IDEOLOGY AS A WHOLE.



    THE ATTITUDE OF THE GOVERNMENT..... OF THE PARTY TO OUR MARRIAGE WAS ONE THING WHICH I THINK WAS DISGRACEFUL BECAUSE I CANNOT UNDERSTAND UNTIL NOW HOW IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE MARRIAGE WITH FOREIGNERS IS ALLOWED BY LAW, WHY A PERSON LIKE MYSELF WAS, WAS NOT ALLOWED TO DO IT BY THE PARTY AND BY THE GOVERNMENT. THIS IS NOT THE BUSINESS OF THE GOVERNMENT AT ALL, AND THE WHOLE THING FINISHED QUITE TRAGICALLY BECAUSE MY HUSBAND HAS DIED IN MOSCOW, AND HIS DEATH HAS LEFT ME, HAS MADE ME ABSOLUTELY INTOLERANT TO THE THINGS TO WHICH I WAS, I WAS RATHER TOLERANT BEFORE.




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    Background: THE DAUGHTER OF JOSEPH STALIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK THAT THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE SOVIET COMMUNIST PARTY SHOULD BEAR SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SEVERE ACTIONS ATTRIBUTED TO HER FATHER WHEN HE RULED THE SOVIET UNION.

    MISS STALIN, WHO LEFT THE SOVIET UNION SIX WEEKS AGO AFTER THE DEATH OF HER INDIAN HUSBAND. EXPLAINED SOME OF THE REASONS FOR HER REJECTION OF THE SOVIET WAY OF LIFE AND THE COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY.

    THE NEWS CONFERENCE WAS SHOWN TO TELEVISION VIEWERS IN EUROPE VIA A LINK UP WITH THE EARLY BIRD COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE.

    MISS STALIN, NOW AGED 42, SAID ONE OF THE REASONS SHE LEFT THE SOVIET UNION WAS TO PURSUE HER WRITING CAREER, AND HAVE HER WORKS PUBLISHED. THIS, SHE SAID, SHE COULD NOT DO IN THE SOVIET UNION.

    SHE SAID THAT SHE HAD BECOME DISILLUSIONED BECAUSE OF THE OFFICIAL REACTION TO HER MARRIAGE TO HER LATE HUSBAND. RAJ KUMAR BRTJESH SINGH A MEMBER OF THE INDIAN COMMUNIST PARTY. SHE SAID THE ATTITUDE OF THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT TO THE MARRIAGE HAD MADE HER ABSOLUTELY INTOLERANT TO THINGS TO WHICH SHE WAS PREVIOUSLY TOLERANT.

    IN A BRIEF REFERENCE TO HER FATHER, MISS STALIN ADMITTED THAT THERE WERE THINGS ABOUT HIS ADMINISTRATION OF WHICH SHE DISAPPROVED. SHE SAID, HOWEVER, THAT MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE AND POLITBURO, INCLUDING SOME PRESENT MEMBERS, SHOULD BEAR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE ACTS WERE THE FAULT OF THE PARTY REGIME AS A WHOLE, AND NOT SOLELY THE FAULT OF HER FATHER.

    MISS STALIN SAID SHE WISHED TO BE NOW KNOW AS SVETLANA ALLILUYEVA HER MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAMI9EFS31TVM3773ONERZEEP3
    Media URN:
    VLVAMI9EFS31TVM3773ONERZEEP3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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