Stalin’s grandson sues Moscow radio station

The radio station allegedly said Joseph Stalin "strangled small children".

Moscow: The grandson of former Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin has taken a Moscow radio station to court for allegedly saying that his grandfather "strangled small children".

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili is demanding 11 million roubles (USD 388,000) in compensation for the comment allegedly made by journalist Nikolay Svanidze on a show aired on Ekho Moskvy radio station on May 21, 2010.

Svanidze was reportedly referring to an order signed by Stalin in which he allowed the shooting of children over 12, who were accused of being "enemies of the people".

The journalist has said he was speaking metaphorically.

This is not the first lawsuit filed by Dzhugashvili against Russian media outlets.

In December 2009, he filed a USD 353,000 suit against the radio station after one of its journalists allegedly said that no "bastard" would dare justify Stalin for sanctioning the killing of children.

Dzhugashvili, however, lost the previous Ekho Moskvy suit and a similar suit against the Novaya Gazeta newspaper.


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