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The direct great-grandson of Joseph Dzhugashvili (Stalin) Selim Bensaada appealed to the Office of the Commandant of the Moscow Kremlin with a request to exhume the remains of the former Soviet leader. Press attaché of Bensaad Vadim Gorzhankin told RIA Novosti about this on Friday, November 19.

According to him, Stalin’s great-grandson is interested in finding the true causes of his death, and would also like to fulfill the posthumous will of the former general secretary. Gorzhankin pointed out that during his lifetime the head of the USSR repeatedly expressed his wish to be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery after death, where the ashes of his second wife Nadezhda Alillueva are buried, but his posthumous will was not fulfilled. “Stalin’s native great-grandson has the right to demand that Stalin’s will be fulfilled,” he said.

Selim Bensaada was born in Moscow in 1971 and is the grandson of Yakov Dzhugashvili, Stalin’s eldest son, who died in 1943 in the Sachsenhauchen concentration camp.

Buried at the Kremlin wall

Joseph Stalin died on March 5, 1953 at his official residence – Blizhnyaya Dacha. According to official information, the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. During Stalin’s funeral in the center of Moscow, there was a stampede, as a result of which many people were injured. No investigation was carried out, the number of deaths and injuries is unknown even approximately. Various sources give figures from 100 to two thousand.

The embalmed body of Stalin was placed in the Lenin Mausoleum, which in 1953-1961 was called “The Mausoleum of V. I. Lenin and I. V. Stalin.”

On February 25, 1956, at a closed meeting of the XX Congress of the CPSU, the then First Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Nikita Khrushev made a secret report “On the personality cult and its consequences”, which was dedicated, among other things, to the mass repressions in the USSR, for which Stalin was blamed. According to a certificate prepared by the USSR Prosecutor General Rudenko, the number of those convicted of counterrevolutionary crimes for the period from 1921 to February 1, 1954 by the OGPU Collegium, the NKVD troikas, the Special Meeting, the Military Collegium, courts and military tribunals amounted to 3,777,380 people. Of these, 642,980 people were sentenced to capital punishment.

At the same time, some modern researchers cite data indicating a much larger scale of repression during the years of Stalin’s rule.

On October 30, 1961, the 22nd Congress of the CPSU decided that “serious violations of Lenin’s behests by Stalin, abuse of power, massive repressions against honest Soviet people and other actions during the period of the personality cult make it impossible to leave the coffin with his body in the Lenin Mausoleum.” On the night of October 31 to November 1, 1961, Stalin’s body was taken out of the Mausoleum and buried in a grave near the Kremlin wall.

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