A Russian court has rejected a libel case brought by Stalin's grandson against a radio station over its claim the Soviet dictator sanctioned the execution of children as young as 12 during the 1930s purges.
Representatives of radio station Ekho Moskvy had produced material from Russia's historical archives to back up the claim made on air that Stalin issued orders sanctioning the shooting of children deemed "enemies of the people", after Yevgeny Dzhugashvili brought the case to a Moscow court.
"The suit has been rejected," the judge at Moscow's Presnensky District Court said.
Mr Dzhugashvili lost another defamation suit last October over his grandfather's memory. A Moscow judge then rejected his claim that the newspaper Novaya Gazeta had smeared Stalin in an article that said he personally ordered the deaths of Soviet citizens.
Historians say millions of Soviet citizens were executed or died in the forced collectivisation of farms and in labour camps during Stalin's rule from the 1920s until his death in 1953.
Stalin was discredited by his successors, but praise for his leadership has become more common in recent years. The case comes amid a debate over Stalin's legacy as Russia celebrates the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.