It was customary to bury not only rulers, but their wives, too, at the Novodevichy cemetery. At this point we would like to recall the wife of Joseph Stalin, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. This woman had a tragic life, and took with her to her grave the secret of the fatal gunshot that cut short her life. The shot had spawned many an ominous legend. According to the official version, it had been a suicide. Outstanding sculptor Ivan Shadr made a portrait of Nadezhda Alliluyeva out of white Italian marble. However, since that particular species of marble is not weather-resistant, the original found its way to the Tretyakov Art Gallery, while a copy was commissioned for the grave.