1953: Joseph Stalin died on 5 March. The last foreign diplomat to see him alive was the Indian ambassador to the Soviet Union, K.P.S. Menon. As they talked, on the evening of 17 February, Menon noticed Stalin doodling wolves on a pad. “The peasant is a very simple man,” Stalin explained, “but a very wise man.” When a wolf attacks him, he does not try to moralize with it, he tries to kill it. The wolf knows this, so is wary of the peasant.
Source: K.P.S. Menon, The Flying Troika (1963), pp. 29, 31–2