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Daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin dies in Wisconsin at age 85

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Lana Peters (then named Svetlana Alliluyeva) in Moscow in 1933 with her father, Russian Communist Party Leader Josef Stalin.

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Lana Peters, the daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, in 1967 on Long Island after seeking political asylum in the US.

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Lana Peters is photographed on a rural road outside of Richland Center, Wisconsin on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

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"Wherever I go," she said, "here, or Switzerland, or India, or wherever. Australia. Some island. I always will be a political prisoner of my father's name."

She was once close to her father, who called her his "little sparrow," the New York Times reported. She was known as Svetlana Alliluyeva and compared to U.S. actress Shirley Temple, with thousands of Russian children named Svetlana after her.

She was 6 years old when her mother died from suicide, though she was told she had been ill. Her brother was killed during the Second World War with Germany when her father refused to exchange him for a German general, the Times reported.