The Almanac for March 5 notes the death of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin on that date in 1953 and describes his death as peaceful.
In reality, Stalin suffered a stroke that affected basic life functions of breathing and blood pressure.
Physicians kept him alive for four days with blood transfusions and caffeine injections.
Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva was present when Stalin suddenly rallied from his stupor and looked wildly around the room.
He then sat part way up in bed, raised a fist in the direction of the sky and shook it in an apprarent act of defiance before collapsing back on his pillow.
That with a few mumbled words was his last act among the living.
His daughter said, “My father died a difficult and terrible death. God grants an easy death only to the just.”

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