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The son of Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva, Iosif was seven-years-old when Stalin, his mother's father and his famous grandfather, died in March 1953. Although he kept a low profile, he did take part in a television interview on Russian Channel One. He spoke about his relationship with his mother and how she fled to the United States.
Alliluyev died on 2 November 2008.
He is portrayed briefly as a 6-year-old in HBO's 1992 film Stalin.