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The deathbed of Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) at his country house (dacha). On March 1, 1953, after an all-night dinner, Stalin did not emerge from his room the next day, having probably suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body. Although his guards thought that it was odd for him not to rise at his usual time, they were under orders not to disturb him. He was not discovered until that evening. He died four days later, on March 5, 1953, at the age of 74, and was buried on March 9. The residence, in which the former leader of the Soviet Union spent his last decade, has never been open to the public.