“Stalin is captured in this photograph by Lt. Gen. Nikolai Vlasik, the Soviet dictator’s bodyguard. Vlasik’s off-the-record photos of Stalin caused a sensation in the early 1960s when an enterprising Soviet journalist spirited some out, selling them to newspapers and magazines worldwide.”

- Foreign Policy

Source: Red Star Over Russia (David King)

6 Responses

  1. Red Cardinal

    A rank of Lt. General seems a tad high for a bodguard. However (according to Wikipedia) Vlasik was actually the head of Stalin’s personal security, not a mere bodyguard.

    His downfall came following Stalin’s death…


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