European human rights court rejects Stalin grandson's complaint against Russian newspaper

January 15, 2015 11:00 AM

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European human rights court rejects Stalin grandson's complaint against Russian newspaper

FILE - In this March 3, 1999 file photo, grandson of the late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, wearing a "USSR" lapel pin, is photographed during an interview in Moscow. The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint by the grandson of Josef Stalin over a Russian newspaper article that called the Soviet dictator a “bloodthirsty cannibal.” The court statement on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, said there was distinction between private life and criticism of public figures and that Stalin “inevitably remain(s) open to public scrutiny and criticism.” (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File) (The Associated Press)

MOSCOW – The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a complaint by the grandson of Josef Stalin over a Russian newspaper article that called the Soviet dictator a "bloodthirsty cannibal."

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