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Yakov

Though many Red Army soldiers were captured by the Nazis during World War II, Joseph Stalin refused to swap prisoners with the Germans.

Among the Russian soldiers who died in a German POW camp as a result? Yakov, Stalin's oldest son.

[Stalin's other son, Vassili, died an alcoholic in 1962. His only daughter, Svetlana, adopted her mother's maiden name and wisely fled from the Soviet Union.]

["Gaiety," Stalin declared in 1935, "is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union."]

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