Stalin’s contentious great-grandson you never heard about
30 October, 2014
Stalin’s contentious great-grandson you never heard about
Stalin’s descendant, IAKOB JUGASHVILI, agreed to tell us about his great-grandfather:

– Opinions on Stalin are usually divided. For some, he is a great leader, for others he is a bloody tyrant… What can you, his descendant, say about Stalin?

– In the last 25 years since the collapse of Soviet Union, the controversy surrounding both it and Stalin has exceeded an ordinary historical controversy. Some people say that Stalin killed 5, 10 or 70 million people, and you cannot prove to them that this is a lie. They place their value in basic needs, viewing the Soviet Union as a project instead of a country (what happened turned out differently from what was planned). The USSR was planned as a country organized by a family principle. Its alternative is the market principle, which the West follows. Everyone in the West sells and buys things, while in a society following the family principle property is common and there is no trade, which is unacceptable for the market principle. The Soviet Union was an attempt of united salvation, united enrichment and united ascension – all together and not separately, like modern “euro-integrators” preach.

– What was Stalin like with members of his family? Did any of your predecessors tell you about this?

– I know about this mainly from people who knew him personally. Memoirs of Artyom, his adopted son, are especially interesting. As it is known, Stalin adopted a son of his fellow revolutionary and friend, and he grew up in his home. Back then it was sort of a tradition – every Bolshevik had an obligation to adopt his friend’s children if he got killed. Trotsky had one child adopted, and Kalinin too, if I am not mistaken. Artyom’s memoirs are free of propaganda. It’s just one small book that mainly contains his interviews. There are some interesting facts in it… Among the stories Artyom tells there’s this one: “Our house used to have a gun hanging on the wall. We used to play with it, and one day we accidentally fired it, exactly the moment when Stalin entered the room. It missed him by a few centimeters… Stalin’s reaction was amazing. He calmly walked up to us, said, “Kids, you should never play with weapons,” hung the gun back on the wall and walked out…”

– What about your grandfather, Iakob? Did he have memoirs?

– Iakob couldn’t have had any memoirs even
if he wanted to… He grew up in the village of Racha and untill1924, when Stalin got an apartment and a salary and brought Iakob over to Moscow. From a distant village, Iakob found himself in Moscow, in the Kremlin; this clouded his mind. He was uneducated, and yet instead of studying, he got married. Stalin told him that he should get an education, master a profession and have an income before getting married. This caused a conflict between them and Iakob left. They only made up right before the war began and didn’t talk until then, but when Iakob got acquainted with his second wife (my grandmother) and married her, they were given a two-room apartment in Moscow. This can be considered a reconciliation, although the first conversation since that quarrel between father and son happened shortly before the war, when Iakob decided to go to war and Stalin agreed with his decision.

– In conclusion of this interview, can you say why Stalin is interesting and noteworthy for today’s world?

– A man is born an animal. A child lives like an animal too; his only principle is “I want.” He wants to act on his instincts that were instilled by nature. And it falls upon parents and society to turn an animal into a human being. A man should develop the ability to forget his instincts when it is necessary to do something for the common cause. For me personally, Stalin is valued as a person because he is an example of a man who served his people and who showed them how to work for a common goal. Today we are being offered a model accepted in the West – individualism. You first and then everyone else; they’ve already conquered the entire world with it. The West spent 400-500 centuries robbing the entire world, and us among them. Today’s “servants of the people” don’t know their own people neither in Russia nor in Georgia. They are governed by the EU Commissioners and US State Department’s instructions instead of their own minds.

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