Fwd: Stalin's Grandson Elected in Georgia

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Thu Aug 5 16:41:24 MDT 1999



Stalin's Grandson Elected in Georgia

.c The Associated Press

 TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - The late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's grandson was named
Thursday to lead an alliance of communists and other leftist groups in campaigning for
October's parliamentary elections.

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, 63, was elected the head of the Popular Patriotic Union, a
coalition of seven parties and movements.

Dzhugashvili, a retired Soviet army colonel, already leads a Stalin Bloc that unites
extremist political groups from Georgia, Russia and several other former Soviet
republics.

The new alliance isn't expected to have a strong showing in Oct. 31 elections. Its
main goal is to overcome a legal barrier of 7 percent of the total vote needed to
qualify for places in parliament.

Dzhugashvili, who uses the Georgian surname that was Stalin's family name, is one of
the dictator's eight grandchildren. His father - Yakov Dzhugashvili, Stalin's oldest
son - was captured by the Germans during World War II and died in a Nazi prison camp,
an apparent suicide.

Germany offered Stalin a swap - Yakov in exchange for a top general captured by the
Red Army. The Soviet leader refused, regarding his son as a traitor for having fallen
into enemy hands.

As the son of an outcast, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili never met his grandfather. He was 17
when Stalin died. But, he said, but still reveres his grandfather's memory.

AP-NY-08-05-99 1722EDT

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