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The Chilling Mystery of Stalin’s Body Double — Felix Dadaev

When everyone was seeing the elderly Soviet dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, they hadn’t any idea that they were seeing a 24-year-old guy from Dagestan.

Krishna V Chaudhary
Lessons from History
7 min readOct 13, 2022

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Felix Dadaev(left) and Joseph Stalin | Photo Credit: History Collection

We hear many times that movie actors, use stuntmen or body doubles to perform difficult action scenes or stunts.

Because actors or actresses don’t want to take any risk to injure themselves. If there’ll be any accident or injury, it will be to the body doubles and the actor will stay safe.

The body double of a politician is called a political decoy.

It is the same as movie actors who use doubles and the same do politicians. The risk of life for the body doubles of politicians is much higher because they are always at risk of their death.

Body doubles are individuals — selected only on basis of their resemblance to the person being impersonated.

After the resemblance, they are trained to act like the person being impersonated.

These days things have been easy to find because facial features can be altered or sometimes can be completely changed with the help of plastic surgery.

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Krishna V Chaudhary
Lessons from History

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