Svetlana Alliluyeva

1926 - 2011

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Svetlana Iosifovna Alliluyeva (born Stalina; 28 February 1926 – 22 November 2011), later known as Lana Peters, was the youngest child and only daughter of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his second wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva. In 1967, she became an international sensation when she defected to the United States and, in 1978, became a naturalized citizen. From 1984 to 1986, she briefly returned to the Soviet Union and had her Soviet citizenship reinstated. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Svetlana Alliluyeva has received more than 5,090,432 page views. Her biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Svetlana Alliluyeva is the 261st most popular writer (up from 288th in 2019), the 92nd most popular biography from Russia (up from 104th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Russian Writer.

Svetlana Alliluyeva is most famous for being the daughter of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. She defected to the United States in 1967 and wrote a memoir, "Twenty Letters to a Friend."

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Notable Works

En une seule annće
Dvadtsat' pisem k drugu
Twenty letters to a friend
Only One Year
Twenty Letters to a Friend
20 letters to a friend
Children of heads of state
Letters written by Stalin's daughter to an imaginary friend, portraying her life in Russia, and including a masterly portrait of her famous father.


Among writers, Svetlana Alliluyeva ranks 261 out of 7,302Before her are Anna Akhmatova, Shota Rustaveli, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sallust, and Johannes V. Jensen. After her are Vladimir Mayakovsky, François de La Rochefoucauld, Jami, Amos Oz, Salman Rushdie, and Primo Levi.

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Among people born in 1926, Svetlana Alliluyeva ranks 12Before her are Ingvar Kamprad, Jiang Zemin, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Leslie Nielsen, Dario Fo, and Andrzej Wajda. After her are René Goscinny, Klaus Kinski, Sathya Sai Baba, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, and Jerry Lewis. Among people deceased in 2011, Svetlana Alliluyeva ranks 9Before her are Kim Jong-il, Václav Havel, Osama bin Laden, Elizabeth Taylor, Otto von Habsburg, and Cesária Évora. After her are Peter Falk, Wangari Maathai, Sócrates, Sathya Sai Baba, Joe Frazier, and Annie Girardot.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Svetlana Alliluyeva ranks 92 out of 3,761Before her are Alexander Kerensky (1881), Otto Wallach (1847), Martti Ahtisaari (1937), Dmitry Medvedev (1965), Alexander Borodin (1833), and Alexandra Kollontai (1872). After her are Mikhail Kalinin (1875), Alexis of Russia (1629), Nikolai Bukharin (1888), Ivan VI of Russia (1740), Ivan Konev (1897), and Alexander Glazunov (1865).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Svetlana Alliluyeva ranks 14Before her are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Boris Pasternak (1890), Ivan Turgenev (1818), and Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861). After her are Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), Joseph Brodsky (1940), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Sergei Yesenin (1895), Vladimir Vysotsky (1938), and Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884).