Stalin's daughter turns up penniless in charity hostel

September 23, 1992|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Svetlana Stalin, daughter of the late Soviet dictator who earned more than $1.7 million from two best-selling books, has been found penniless and living in a London charity hostel, a British paper reported yesterday.

She's registered at the seedy west London neighborhood lodgings under her married name of Lana Peters.

Said the hostel's head: "I only found out who she was after she was given a place. As far as I know she met all our criteria for admission in that she was someone 'presenting problems' and in housing need. It is a house for people with quite severe emotional problems."

Ms. Stalin, 66, defected from the Soviet Union in 1967 and lived in India and the United States between a failed attempt to return to Moscow. She landed in England in 1987, living in a house rented by her daughter, Olga, and three of her friends.

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