Stalin struggled with depression and summoned renowned Russian psychiatrist Vladimir Bekhterev to examine him. After the examination Bekhterev said only one word – “paranoiac”. He died on the very next day from what most believed was poisoning.
When Stalin visited his mother in 1935, she asked him what he did. He said “Do you remember the tsar? Well, I’m like a tsar” his mother’s response was “You’d have done better to have become a priest”.
In 1907 Joseph Stalin said at the funeral of his first wife, “This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity.”
Joseph Stalin’s granddaughter is a Buddhist, lives in Portland, and owns a “vintage clothing” boutique.