THE TRUTH ABOUT VASILY STALIN
In March 2005, on the 43-rd anniversary since the death of Vasily Stalin,
in the bourgeois press there began appearing articles about him of slanderous character. Stalin's son had died when he was 42
years of age at the prime of his life.
The Khruschevites and democrats slandered not
only the genius thinker and great statesman Joseph
Vissarionovich Stalin, but his children too: Svetlana, Vasily and Yakov.
Stalin's children were not "Children of the
Arbat" who despised Soviet people and their Motherland. They did
not betray like Khruschev's sons did their close friends
Stalin's eldest son Yakov Dzugashvili prefered death on
than to being inside a German prisoner of war camp any longer.
They made conditions for Stalin's daughter, Svetlana so unbearable
that she had
to escape from her own country and live out her final days in a
shelter in a foreign country.
Vasily Stalin was degraded and slandered. He was made out to
useless little boy mischief-maker, a talentless fighter pilot, a
commander going nowhere and a boozer-alchoholic with the
shoulder straps of a
General. But none of this is true, it is all slander against a
upright, honest, selfless, considerate and talented man, who could
bring benefit and glory to the Soviet Union. However, the
appearance of Vasily's talents were not in the interests of Trotskyite
those around him. They took revenge on Stalin and his son. They
afraid of him. Vasily had a strong character, and so therefore
he was a
danger in the midst of the Khruschevites. Vasily, despite the
applied by the Khruschevites refused to renounce his own father.
refused to change his surname and refused to stay silent, like
Nikolai Zen'kovich studied the life and military activity of
Stalin in detail, and who expounded it in his essay "The Prince
Nurse", Yuri Mukhin, in his book entitled "The Murder of Stalin
Beria", and also in his book "Flying Aces and Propaganda", and
Prudnikova in her book "Stalin. A Second Murder". The fullest
account of the
life of Vasily Stalin can be found in publications of former
pilot and writer Stanislav Gribanov and other authors. In these
the authors reveal the outstanding personality of Vasily Stalin
fighter pilot, as a commander and as an organiser of useful
the army. They unmask the myths and slander of his sister
other ill-wishers against Stalin and his sons.
Vasily was born in March 1921. He was an
passionate and very pushy. Vasily was spoilt by everyone: by his
relatives, assistants and school teachers. Vasily lacked modesty. He used
and blackmailed everyone in succession.
J.V. Stalin wanted to see his sons become
military men. Vasily
entered Kachinsky school of aviation, which trained military
pilots. Mikoyan's sons trained there. Timur Frunz, Ruben
other children whose parents worked in the Kremlin also trained
Vasily graduate there with flying colours and earned the rank of
lieutenant. In March 1940, he was sent into fighter pilot
aviation, into aviation
parts which equipped fighter planes I-15. Fighter pilots like
were needed here, who differed from others by their
temperament and passion. But alongside these characteristics, in
character by measure of length of service, there began appearing
of character: well contemplated actions and a serious interest
technology. Vasily loved fighter plane aviation.
In a letter to his father, he complains that other squadron
already flying new types of aircraft: MiGs, Yaks and Lags, but
at the unit
he was on, future fighter commanders still fly the old I-15-s.
proposed that training centres first of all, possess the latest
technology and planes, and that future squadron commanders began
training on them.
Fighter pilots are people with special qualities. They are
prisoners of war. They were constantly on a knife edge between
life and death,
and every mission they went on during war could have been their
In their free time from flying, they rested and sometimes they
by having a few drinks. Vasilya also had a drink, but no more
of the others. Svetlana, Vasily's sister, who from childhood
loved him, wrote that he was a "down and out alchoholic". But
she had never
lived alongside her brother and they very rarely met. Vasily was
army, and she, in civilian life, therefore her claims are
Svetlana wrote only negatively about her brother and did not write
about how he served in the army and how he fought. And this is
important side of the life of such an outstanding individual as
Stalin. Of course, the senior commmanders looked after him and
the number of missions for him. He was even designated as
inspector-pilot and after that, chief of inspections of the Red
Army Air Force where
he served until January 1943.
Vasily was not happy as an inspector. He longed to be at the
He felt his place was there. Vasily felt weighed down with his
serving in the rear. He, being brave and active, longed to be at
heart of events. However, he was not allowed to go to the front. The
commanders knew that one of Stalin's sons had ended up in
a prisoner of
war camp and it was unknown as to whether he would return alive
Another one of Stalin's sons, his last, was also a passionate
of his Motherland and tore into fighting action, where he could
killed at any moment. And so, it was at this time spent "serving
rear" when rumours could have circulated that Vasily had got
"cushy number" behind is father's back and began "taking it
peaceful life at the rear weighed heavily on him.
In January 1943, inspection was disbanded. Vasily Stalin with
rank of colonel was designated commander of the 32-nd Guards Air
Regiment. About how Vasily Stalin commanded and how he fought is
fighter pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union, S.F. Dolgushin: "Vasily
commanded the regiment diligently and listened attentively to us
experienced pilots. As commander of the regiment, he could
go on missions
and command them in the formation of any squadron, but more
often, he for
some reason flew in mine. During February and March 1943, with
participation, we shot down several of the enemy's planes. On
March, he by himself, shot down an FW-190... I remember, one day when in
action, he made a mistake, typical for young pilots, although he
now an "old hand". He was in pursuit of a "Fokker", in the heat
moment broke from the group and was attacked by six of them. The
squadron helped him out of the difficulty. We returned to the
Vasily was a colonel and I was a captain, he - the commander of
regiment and I - squadron commander. In aviation, repect among
was not very highly developed. I called him over to one side and
my own "flight investigation": I got it off my chest like one
On the award sheet signed by commanding officer of the
Force of the army, General-Colonel of Aviation S. Rudenko, it
that V. Stalin shot down yet another enemy plane. In total - two
down by him. Yes, and including those shot down by the whole group,
which S.E. Dolgushin talks about.
The more Vasily flew, the more the danger grew of him being
down and, like Yakov, captured by the enemy and becoming a
war. In no way could that be allowed to happen. In order for Vasily
Stalin to avoid that, Vasily Stalin flew without a parachute. It
calculted this way: in the case of his plane being shot down by
enemy fire, he
would die. This fact is little known but had its place.
Vasily Stalin since 1943, served at commanding posts
after that he became corps commander, commanding an entire
the Air Force. Alchoholics were not kept at such posts and
his own father would not have allowed such a person to command
large units. He was promoted not because he was Stalin's own
such an argument could have its place. The main thing according
recollections of many of his colleagues was that the activity of
as a commander had a positive result
At the time of being promoted to Division Commander, he had
hours of flying time "under his belt". His deputy had 2000 hours
commanders of the regiments - a thousand hours of flying time
Thus, by hours in the air and experience, he qualified for the
Division Commander. Vasily Stalin flew on all types of fighter
also on many different types of bombers. He knew aviation well
Some people declare that Vasily Stalin was protected
and that he
flew with a "minder". But a fighter pilot in a fighter plane was
alone, without a "minder". When they go on missions, they either
pairs, in a chain or squadron and cover each other often at
At one time a commander of a division with the rank of
became a General only after four years, and after the war in
father gave his consent to him attaining another rank only after
times he was presented with the rank of General.
In 1948, General Vasily Stalin was designated as
Commander of the
Air Force of the Moscow Military District. At this post which
great responsibilty, he showed himself to be an outstanding
leader and organiser. He took on the district when it was in
difficult state. It occupied 10-th place among other Air Force
training and other indicators. When taking on the district,
began intensely studying the state of affairs, to find
to put them right. First of all, he strengthened discipline,
drinking of vodka in working cabinets and demanded the limiting
drinking in general. In a short time, airdromes were back in
order and new
ones built. It is quite possible that more money was put into
in the Moscow district. Vasily Stalin himself, took charge in
fighter pilot training. For months he would not leave the
training camp. The
air division which was commanded by Kozhedub passed through the
training under the supervision of Vasily Stalin. It was
glorified in the
Korean War and returned vitually without losses.
Vasily Stalin stood solidly behind his subordinates. He chose
housing apartments for them, took care of them materially. At
the same time,
he was demanding towards his subordinates. He was feared and
The signal about "Vaska flying back" to the air base sent the
into a state of quivering. He divided much attention to sport.
formed a teams of masters of many types of sport. After becoming
deputy in the Supreme Soviet in 1948, he met with his electorate
on a daily
basis. And nobody noticed or remarked that he was drunk or had
The results of the activity of Vasily Stalin were
there to see.
After a year, the Air Force of the Moscow military district
2-nd place. In 1949, 1950 and 1951, it occupied 1-st place.
army tradition, the commander, subdivision or unit which three
a row occupies a prize-winning place, is entitled to an award -
Order. General Vasily Stalin had earned such an award too. But
his father refused to award him stating that he already had
In the summer of 1952,Vasily Stalin was removed from his post
commanding the aviation of the Moscow Military District.
versions exist as to why. Svetlana sees the reason for this in a
parade when several planes crashed due to unsuitable weather for
But that was not the case. In actual fact, it was not the May
parade, but a parade in honour of Aviation Day. But this parade
without incident. Stalin announced his gratitude to the pilots.
entered the building where the leaders were. He drank with joy.
seeing his son in a drunk state asked: "And what's all this
tired", answered Vasily. "And do you often get this tired?"
"No!", was the reply. His direct chief commanding the Air
Zhigarev countered that by saying: "Often" Vasily snapped at
Stalin turfed him out and ordered that he be removed from his
post and sent
to the Soviet Far East.
This version is similar to the truth. But there was no order
transfer Vasily Stalin to the Far East. In Vasily's personal case, there
is no record of drunkeness. If one looks at photos of him in the
1960-s, there are no signs of alchoholism on him.
Most likely, Vasily Stalin was freed from his post in
with him entering the Academy of General Staff. In accordance
post being occupied by him nd the rank of General-Lieutenant, it
condition that he possessed a higher academic military
Vasily did not have. Many grew up during the war, but did not
corresponding education. They had to study. They studied. Vasily
too, had to study. In Autumn 1952, without examinations, he was
accepted into the Academy of the General Staff. But he was
unable to study.
After his father's death, very soon he was discharged from the
The question arises: Why was Stalin's son arrested? Recently,
materials from an investigation were published. In them,
it points out that
Vasily Stalin had built a swiimming pool using the money from
Military district, built concrete steps at a state dacha,
sportsmen using district funds, a house used for hunters and had
such an offence, the worst he could have been given would have
Nothing was discovered in the way of personal enrichment for
himself. Even trophies from Germany who many others had, were
Honoured lawyer of Russia, A. Sukhomlinov aquainting himself
criminal case of Vasily Stalin, noted the following: "In front
of me on the
desk lies the list of sequestrated possessions - of 76 points.
valuable were the following - a collection of rifles, presented
by his father, sabres given as presents by K.E. Voroshilov, and
saddle - as a present from S.M.Budyenny. Apart from those, there
of interest. A table clock, hunting boots, belts, a camera, a
cinecamera, two kayaks, two bicycles, two motorcycles (a present
Stalin) and a car "pakard".
In 1946 -1947, Vasily was commander of a corps in Germany.
its divisions was based in Grossenhein, 30 minutes away from the
art gallery. Another regiment was in Potsdam. This was the
Prussian kings. And if he so wished, he could have taken back
things of cultural value. But he did not do this, not like
even the glorified highest military officials, serving in
this time. Vasily never stole or aquired anything that did not
However, he was tried and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.
served 7 of them. The Khruschevites thought he had recognized
"personality cult" of his father and the tragety of the
repressions". He was released on January 9, 1960, given a
pension and they proposed
that he change his surname. He refused.
Vasily tried to meet Khruschev. But Khruschev refused to meet
and instead, sent K.E. Voroshilov to meet Vasily. the meeting
on 9-th April 1960, and recorded by a KGB listening device.
asked that he be give work. Voroshilov replied : "That will
depend how you
behave from now on. If you are going to continue the way you
before, then this can in no way be tolerated". Vasily then said:
foremost, I need to work". Voroshilov declared: "Before you can
work, you are going to have to put an end to everything that
you from living and working. If you do not assure us that you
yourself well, you will not be given any work". Voroshilov put
forth as an example who "is living the right way and is
herself well". When Voroshilov asked: "Will you ever meet up
Vasily replied: "I don't know, I never see her". -
"Why? She loves you". -
"A daughter who renounces her own father is no sister of mine. I
renounced my own father and neither will I renounce him! I shall
absolutely nothing in common with her". Apparently Voroshilov,
to the task set for him by Khrushchev, was testing Vasily to see
changed in any way after being in prison, and if he was ready by
renounced his own father. If he had fulfilled the wish of the
Khrushchevites and renounced his own father, then he would not
have been a
Stalin. As a result of this, on the 16-th April 1960, Vasily was
to prison to finish his 8-year term. He was later released
he was released, his surname had nevertheless been changed to
one. He was given a passport with the name Vasily Dzhugashvili
exiled him to Kazan. He died there soon after. He was given a
sentence for doing nothing wrong whatsoever. So that meant that
he had to stay
silent forever. And he indeed remained silent, and buried at
Cemetery, in Kazan.
Why then did the Khrushchevites hate Vasily Stalin so much?
Yuri Mukhin in his book "The Murder of Stalin and Beria"
the version that in the last night of the 28-th February to 1-st
Khrushchev, Ignatyev and Doctor Smirnov were with Stalin. They
Stalin. But Stalin, according to the opinion of the author, did
immediately. They deceived the security guard by declaring that
had drunk a little too much and that he should be allowed to
the guard had guessed was had happened, he began phoning
including Stalin's son. Vasily arrived early and apparently found out
something from the guard, but did not restrain himself and cast
on the members of the Presidium of the CC CPSU: "You ruined my
you scoundrals!" Everything was absolutely clear to Khrushchev
hearing such a statement that Vasily knew too much about the
J.V. Stalin and that it was necessary to isolate him.
A month after the death of J.V. Stalin, Vasily was
given an 8-year prison term according to articles 58- 1 and 58-
"betraying the Motherland", "anti-Soviet propaganda" and
which never occurred. In order to justify the reprisal over
Stalin, all the Khrushchevites began to howl on about Stalin's
being a chronic alcocholic. Such an accusation justified his
discredited him and his father.
A. Sukhomlinsky writes: "If he (Vasily) was an
during his time in prison, he would have tried to obtain
alchohol. But no
such attempts, as noted by the guards, were made. Watching over
in prison, Lieutenant-Colonel Kozik informed Khrushchev: "He is
when talking with the administration and spends a lot of time
But he calls his conviction "illegal", and the accusations
"all fabricated from start to finish".
Sukhomlinsky searched for the prison overseers who remembered
Vasily Stalin (in prison they called him Vasilyev). They said to
Vasily asked the administration to give him a job working as a
maintainence man. He carried out his duties well. More than
that, he built
a trolley used for delivering food to the prisoners. Nobody
that Vasilyev-Stalin tried to obtain spirit from the outside.
Vasily Stalin was married three times. He had four children
the first two marriages and an adopted daughter from the third.
children lived with Vasily Stalin. If he was an alcoholic, then
mothers and grandfathers of these children would not have
offspring to remain with a drunken father. And they had
was a colonel in the MGB - Ministry of State Security, the
second one -
Marshal of the Soviet Union S.K. Timoshenko, and the third - the
Generalissimo of the USSR. All this, in an indirect way,
confirms that Vasily
Stalin could not have been a chronic alcoholic. If he had been a
drinker, then he would have drank no more than the other pilots
Vasily Stalin's fellow inmates secured his rehabilitation
several decades. They would have hardly shown so much
persistance if he had
been an alcoholic or a person not worthy of respect. In Autumn
the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court, by protest of the
Military Prosecutor, fully rehabilitated Vasily Iyosovich Stalin
to Article 58- 10, through which he was sentenced for uttering
"slanderous fabrications" in relation to the highest leadership
of the country
concerning the organising of his father's funeral. For criminal
negligence in official work, he fell under the amnesty of 1953.
justice while very late in coming, rehabilitated Vasily
V. Kadet, Candidate of Historical Sciences
(Vperyod N0 7 (135) 2005)
Secret documents reveal
Stalin was poisoned
* This article
translated in Greek is available on issue 223 of Anasintaxi
Pravda 29 December 2005
December 21 was
the 126th birthday of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Historian and
publicist Nikolay Dobryukha says the Kremlin archives contain
documented evidence proving that Stalin was poisoned.
The discovered documents absolutely disprove all affirmations
saying that Stalin died of cerebral hemorrhage caused by his
poor health. These documents are the records of Stalin's medical
examination within the period of over 30 years. These documents
also demonstrate that Stalin was not at all apprehensive of
medical examinations and was not afraid of receiving treatment
of doctors as it was rumored. It was also said that for fear to
visit doctors Stalin often resorted to self-medication. In fact,
highly-qualified doctors were called for in case of Stalin's
slightest indisposition and had close medical examination of the
high-ranking client all day round.
Records made in September 1947 state that Joseph Stalin had
initial stage hypertension, also chronic articular rheumatism
and overfatigue. Doctor Kirillov made a record of Stalin's blood
pressure - 145 per 85 - which was excellent for his age of 67 at
At the age of 70, Stalin's blood pressure made up 140 per 80 and
the pulse made up 74 beats per minute before taking bath. After
the bath, blood pressure dropped to 138 per 75 and the pulse
made up 68 per minute. The Soviet leader did not complain of bad
sleep, had regular bowel movements and was fine in general. The
medical records show Stalin had the blood pressure of 140 per 80
and the pulse 70 beats per minute at the age of 72. At that, the
latter measuring was made when Stalin had flu and fever. It is
unlikely that younger and healthier people can register similar
showing. And this is astonishing that no other medical record
mentions of the initial stage hypertension of Stalin.
It was not true when some people stated that "Stalin was
seriously ill, especially after the dramatic stress he endured
during WWII". These talks appeared as soon as bulletins about
Stalin's health were published for the first time on March 4,
1953. These official bulletins stated that on the night of March
2 Joseph Stalin had cerebral hemorrhage caused by his
hypertension and atherosclerosis.
The false statements were encouraged by Lavrentiy Beria and his
prot?g?s Malenkov and Khrushchev as soon as they became leaders
of the country.
The discovered documents reveal that the Soviet leader got
poisoned within February 28 - March 1, 1953, between the
Saturday night and Monday, the period when majority of doctors
cannot be reached for because of their day off. That was done on
purpose to give the poison enough time to take effect.
But it is not also ruled out that conspirators first immediately
poisoned Stalin and only after that his double fell victim of
the poison as well. In fact, Beria did not expect the poisoning
would be so protracted and that is why he felt incredibly
nervous. On March 4, newspapers controlled by Beria reported
that "Stalin had cerebral hemorrhage staying in his Moscow
apartment on the night of March 2" which was not true because
Stalin died at the out-of-town residence. Why did Beria need to
report the leader died in his Moscow apartment? Probably he
spread misinformation to use Stalin's look-alike: maybe Stalin
died immediately after poisoning staying in the out-of-town
residence and his double "fell ill" in an instant in the Kremlin
and then on the night of March 2 was moved to the out-of-town
residence to substitute the already dead Lord. In a word,
Beria's plan turned out to be not quite smooth. To be on the
safe side, when it was publicly announced Stalin was dead Beria
still arrested the head of a laboratory making poisons for
Many people knew that Beria was going to wage war against
Stalin. His son Sergo said that father highly likely schemed
something against Stalin with the help of his supporters in law
enforcement structures and with his own intelligence structure
that was not controlled by any of the governmental structures.
Stalin's bodyguards say that the leader got poisoned immediately
after he drank mineral water. Indeed, Stalin was found dead
lying near a table on which a bottle with mineral water and a
glass stood. The poison took effect instantaneously. Some
sources state that Stalin fell down dead and others insist he
fell down unconscious.
Study of the archives revealed that on November 8, 1953 the
Kremlin sanitary department wanted to hand "medicaments and
three empty mineral water battles" over to the Stalin Museum.
But for some reason, the department handed just two empty
bottles to the Museum on November 9. What is the secret of the
third lost bottle?
The journal kept by doctors treating Stalin brings to nothing
the memoirs and researches of Stalin's last illness and death.
As seen from the records in the journal the doctors obviously
understood that Stalin was poisoned. This is proved by
prescriptions they made: ice application to the head; sweet tea
with lemon; catharsis with sulfur-acid magnesia and so on.
When doctors examined Stalin at 7 a.m. March 2 they found the
patient lying on his back on a sofa with the head turned to the
left and the eyes closed. The hyperemia of face was moderate;
the breathing was not upset. The pulse made up 78 beats per
minute, the heart sounds were rather muffled. The blood pressure
made up 190 per 110. The stomach was soft and the liver
protruded 3-4 cm from under the rib edge. Stalin was
unconscious; his condition was grave.
Doctor Lukomsky discovered that Stalin's right arm and leg were
paralyzed. From time to time his left leg and arm moved a
little. The medical records suggest that doctors did their best
to treat the leader for poisoning and for its consequences,
blood supply disturbance and insult, at the same time. But none
of them pronounced that was poisoning.
It was on March 3 when Stalin's doctors registered that
condition of the patient grew even worse and heart activity got
weaker. Next day, March 4, the condition of the patient grew
extremely grave because of frequent respiratory standstills.
Suddenly, the skin on the face, legs and arms became blue which
is quite typical of poisoning with some poisons. When a human
organism is poisoned with aniline, nitrobenzene and others
hemoglobin turns into methemoglobin having dark color. It is not
ruled out that Stalin was poisoned with a mixture of different
On the night of March 5, doctors got results of Stalin's blood
and urine tests which indicated the patient suffered from
poisoning. But the doctors were afraid to tell Beria about
poisoning as they feared he would blame any of them for the
poisoning. Stalin's liver was still enlarged, another factor
typical of poisoning.
Early in the morning March 5, Stalin had bloody vomit as a
result of which the pulse declined and the blood pressure
dropped. The doctors were at a loss how to explain what was
happening to the patient. All day long Stalin had bloody vomit
and was in collapse several times.
In the evening on March 5, Stalin was wet through with
perspiration, the pulse was thready and cyanosis intensified.
The doctors gave the patient carbogene several times but the
condition did not improve. At 9:40 p.m. Stalin had artificial
ventilation but in vain. His death was registered at 9:50 p.m.
Many of documented evidence left by doctors, including premortal
examination of Stalin, disagree with recollections of other
eyewitnesses. For instance, Stalin's daughter Svetlana said she
could not recognize the father as his illness changed him beyond
recognition. Was it possible that Beria's people substituted
Stalin with his double and even his relatives could not
One of the documents pertaining to Stalin's death discovered in
the Kremlin archives seems to be particularly mysterious. The
document says that nurse Moiseyeva gave Stalin an injection of
calcium gluconate at 8:45 p.m. Never before that over the whole
period of illness was Stalin given such an injection. At 9:48
p.m., the nurse affixed her signature to a document revealing
she gave Stalin an injection of 20-percent camphor oil. Finally,
the woman made an injection of adrenalin to Stalin for the first
time over the whole course of treatment and made an official
record of the fact. Soon after that the Soviet leader died. This
coincidence probable gave rise to rumors that a Jewish woman
trained by Beria dispatched Stalin to the next world by giving
him a special injection.
When contemporary doctors studied medical records of Stalin's
illness and last hours of life they stated adrenaline injections
were forbidden for patients registering the same symptoms that
But it is a fact that soon after Stalin's brothers-in-arms
distributed authority at a special plenary session in the
Kremlin, they came to the out-of-town residence where Stalin was
still staying alive and gave him the fatal injection.
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