Vasily Dzhugashvili

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Wassili Iossifowitsch Stalin, Василий Сталин, Vasīlijs Staļins, Джугашвили, Василий Васильев,Vasily Iosifovich Dzhugashvili
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Vasily Iosifovich Dzhugashvili (Russian Василий Иосифович Джугашвили), known also as Vasily Stalin (Russian Василий Иосифович Сталин), (March 21, 1921 – March 19, 1962), was the son of Joseph Stalin and his second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva.

Early life

The death of Vasily's mother represented a major change in Vasily's life. Starting from this moment, Joseph Stalin ceased to visit his children; only the nursemaid and head of Stalin's security guards looked after Vasily and his sister, Svetlana. One officer, Sergei Efimov, was charged with continuously looking after the two children.

Military service

Vasily started his active military service in the 16th Aviation Division in Moscow. Here he met Galina Burdonskaia, his future wife. They married when Vasily was 19.

As an officer of the Red Air Force, Vasily received rapid promotion. At the beginning of World War II, he was Inspector of Air Forces in the General Staff. In December 1941, he was a Major and after a couple of months was promoted Colonel. In January 1943, Colonel Vasily Stalin was designated commander of the 32nd Guards Air Regiment. During February and March 1943 he carried out 26 armed sorties. On 5 March he shot down an FW-190. He claimed another German aircraft soon after.

He was promoted to Major-General in 1946, to Lieutenant-General in 1947, and to Commander of the Air Force in the Moscow Military District in 1948. However, he was dismissed as a result of an aviation incident during a military parade on July 27, 1952 (Vasily insisted on letting the planes fly in bad weather, leading to one Tupolev-4 bomber crashing).

Vasily Stalin was also the manager of the national ice hockey team. In 1950, most of its members died when its plane went down in a snowstorm as it approached the Sverdlovsk airport. The crash was covered up by Vasily Stalin, who feared his father’s reaction. The younger Stalin immediately recruited a new team, and his father apparently never knew the difference.

Arrest and imprisonment

After the death of his father, a long period of troubles began for Vasily. He was arrested on April 28, 1953, because he revealed top-secret information during a dinner-party with foreign diplomats. He was charged with denigration of the Soviet Union's leaders, anti-Soviet propaganda and criminal negligence. The judicial investigation was conducted by one of the most brutal prosecutors, Lev Vladzimirskii. During the investigation, he confessed to guilt of all the charges, even the most fantastical ones. Shortly after, in December 1953, the prosecutor and his boss Lavrenty Beria were executed as a result of a power struggle between Stalin's successors.

Vasily Stalin asked the new Soviet leaders, Nikita Khrushchev and Georgi Malenkov, for clemency but he was considered a dangerous person and he was judged in a behind-closed-doors trial and was not allowed legal representation. He was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and disciplinary work period. He was imprisoned in the special penitentiary of Vladimir under the name Vasily Pavlovich Vasilyev. He was released from prison on January 11, 1960. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union decided to give him a pension of 300 rubles, a flat in Moscow, and a three-month treatment vacation in Kislovodsk. He was also granted permission to wear his general's uniform and all of his military medals.

Vasily Stalin died on March 19, 1962, due to chronic alcoholism.[citation needed]

Vasily Stalin was partially rehabilitated in 1999, when the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court lifted charges of anti-Soviet propaganda that dated from 1953. His body was re-buried in a Moscow cemetery in 2002.




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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Joseph StalinJoseph StalinFather18.12.187805.03.1953
        2Nadezhda  AlliluyevaNadezhda AlliluyevaMother22.09.190109.11.1932
        3Aleksandrs  BurdonskisAleksandrs BurdonskisSon14.10.194124.05.2017
        4Василий  СталинВасилий СталинSon30.09.194907.11.1972
        5Надежда  СталинаНадежда СталинаDaughter00.00.194300.00.1999
        6Светлана СталинаСветлана СталинаDaughter05.08.194716.01.1990
        7Yakov DzhugashviliYakov DzhugashviliBrother18.03.190714.04.1943
        8Artem SergeevArtem SergeevBrother05.03.192115.01.2008
        9Svetlana  AlliluyevaSvetlana AlliluyevaSister28.02.192622.11.2011
        10Галина БурдонскаяГалина БурдонскаяWife19.07.192124.07.1990
        11Екатерина ТимошенкоЕкатерина ТимошенкоWife21.12.192312.06.1988
        Евгения АллилуеваAunt
        13Anna RedensAnna RedensAunt00.00.189600.00.1964
        14Jevgēņijs DžugašviliJevgēņijs DžugašviliNephew10.01.193622.12.2016
        15Joseph  AlliluyevJoseph AlliluyevNephew22.05.194502.11.2008
        16Галина ДжугашвилиГалина ДжугашвилиNiece19.02.193827.08.2007
        17Семен ТимошенкоСемен ТимошенкоFather in-law18.02.189531.03.1970
        18Александр  ФадеевАлександр ФадеевSon in-law25.07.193600.00.1993
        19Григорий   МорозовГригорий МорозовBrother in-law, Schoolmate00.00.192110.12.2001
        Ivan SvanidzeBrother in-law00.00.192700.00.1987
        21Yuri  ZhdanovYuri ZhdanovBrother in-law20.08.191919.12.2006
        22William Wesley PetersWilliam Wesley PetersBrother in-law12.06.191217.07.1991
        23Sergejs AllilujevsSergejs AllilujevsGrandfather07.10.186627.07.1945
        24Нина ОрловаНина ОрловаCivil wife, Schoolmate
        25Павел ФедровиПавел ФедровиFriend17.03.190200.00.1984
        26Иван КлещёвИван КлещёвFriend, Coworker26.01.191831.12.1942
        27Евгений  ИвановЕвгений ИвановFriend14.03.192609.10.1994
        28Konstantin SimonovKonstantin SimonovFamiliar28.11.191528.08.1979
        29Валентина СероваВалентина СероваFamiliar23.12.191711.12.1975
        30Nikolai VlasikNikolai VlasikFamiliar22.05.189618.06.1967
        31Роман КарменРоман КарменFamiliar, Opponent29.11.190628.04.1978
        32Andriej  SwierdłowAndriej SwierdłowFamiliar17.04.191100.00.1969
        33Алексей  КаплерАлексей КаплерFamiliar11.10.190311.09.1979
        34Марианна ГубельманМарианна ГубельманFamiliar28.01.191500.00.2003
        35Viktor  TikhonovViktor TikhonovFamiliar, Employee04.06.193024.11.2014
        36Pavel SudoplatovPavel SudoplatovFamiliar07.07.190724.09.1996
        37Марфа  БерияМарфа БерияFamiliar00.00.1925
        38Elza GrundmaneElza GrundmaneFamiliar04.05.189130.03.1931