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The Poster Boy for the Communist System

In 1935, Alexei Stakhanov, a coal miner, became a Soviet celebrity. His daughter, Violetta Stakhanova, remembers her father's extraordinary achievements and his eventual downfall.

In 1935, Alexei Stakhanov, a coal miner, became a Soviet celebrity. He invented a more efficient coal production method and started a movement to encourage innovation amongst Soviet workers. His daughter, Violetta Stakhanova, tells Dina Newman about her father's achievements and his eventual downfall. Photo: Alexei Stakhanov at work, 1935. Credit: Stakhanov family

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