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India's Stalin admits to problems visiting Russia

  • Published at 04:41 pm September 14th, 2019
MK Stalin
Indian Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) party working President MK Stalin talks to media at the home of party leader Karunanidhi in Chenna on December 21, 2017 AFP

MK Stalin's father M Karunanidhi, the socialist former chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, deliberately named his son after the Russian communist leader Joseph Stalin

Sharing a name with one of Europe's most brutal dictators isn't a problem in his home country, but Indian politician MK Stalin admitted Friday it raised eyebrows on a visit to Russia.

"As soon as I landed at a Russian airport, I was asked to mention my name. When I said 'Stalin' many people at the airport started looking at me," Stalin told the Times of India.

"While checking my passport, officials asked me several questions before I was allowed," he said of the 1989 trip. "Many people in Russia didn't like Joseph Stalin."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“As soon as I landed at a Russian airport, I was asked to mention my name. When I said &#39;Stalin&#39; many people at the airport started looking at me,” Stalin told the Times of India.<a href="https://t.co/Yfwn5jwOYU">https://t.co/Yfwn5jwOYU</a></p>&mdash; Dawn.com (@dawn_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/dawn_com/status/1172597991041130496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

MK Stalin's father M Karunanidhi, the socialist former chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, deliberately named his son after the Russian communist leader Joseph Stalin.

India was more closely allied to the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and particularly in southern India names like Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky and even Pravda for women are not unheard of.

The north-eastern state of Meghalaya meanwhile has a politician named Adolf Lu Hitler Marak.