European court rejects Stalin grandson complaint

Joseph Stalin

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, grandson of Joseph Stalin (1999)

 The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a compliant brought by one of Joseph Stalin’s grandsons over an article accusing the Soviet dictator of being a “bloodthirsty cannibal”.

The report, in Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, looked at the Soviet leader’s role in the 1940 massacre of Polish prisoners at Katyn.

The grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, said it violated his right to privacy.

But the court said Stalin remained “inevitably” open to criticism.

Novaya Gazeta, a frequent critic of the Kremlin, published the article in 2009.

It accused wartime Soviet leaders, including Stalin, of being “bound by much blood” by ordering the execution of some 20,000 Polish prisoners of war at Katyn.

Stalin, who died in 1953, was described as a “bloodthirsty cannibal”.

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