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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)

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)

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 article appeared in the newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 2009. Yevgeny Dzhugashvili then filed a defamation suit against the newspaper in a Russian court, which ruled against him.

Dzhugashvili took the issue to the European court, claiming the Russian court's decision violated his right to respect for private and family life.

But a court statement on Thursday said there is distinction between private life and criticism of public figures and that Stalin "inevitably remain(s) open to public scrutiny and criticism."