Stalin Granddaughter Says She Can’t Discuss Plans to Go West
Olga Peters, granddaughter of Josef Stalin, said today she and her mother have been told not to discuss reports she will resume studies in England.
“We’re not allowed to talk to the press or say anything about this at all,” Olga, 14, told Associated Press by telephone. She did not say who had told her not to discuss her plans.
The teen-ager reportedly is preparing to leave for the new school term that begins April 16 in England. But when asked when she might leave, she said, “I really don’t know myself.”
She also wouldn’t say whether her mother, Svetlana Alliluyeva, plans to leave the Soviet Union.
The two are staying at the Sovietskaya Hotel, where the government puts up official foreign guests and other VIPs.
Last week, British Embassy officials said they issued a visa for Olga to study in England, where she attended a Quaker-run school for 18 months before her mother, saying she was disillusioned with the West after 18 years there, brought her to the Soviet Union in October, 1984.
Western media reports have said recently that Alliluyeva has become unhappy in the Soviet Union and wants to return to the West. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said diplomats had been in contact with Alliluyeva but declined to say why.