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Glory Memorial exploded in Kutaisi to be reconstructed in Moscow2009-12-23 14:18
Explosion of the Glory memorial in Kutaisi that took lives of a 8-year-old girl and her mother was a shock to people in Georgia, Russia and far-abroad countries. The Union of Georgians in Russia responded to demands of the compatriots openly resentful over this cynical insult to the memory of the perished. It has been decided to restore the monument to Meliton Kantaria in Georgia. Besides the Union will sponsor reconstruction of the Georgian Memorial to the Perished in the Great Patriotic War.
The memorial to the perished in the Great Patriotic War in Kutaisi was blown up on December 19. Russian State Duma called the decision to pull down the monument "a crime". Russia called on the USA and other countries to display harsh reaction to the events in Kutaisi. There is information that UNESCO might punish Georgia for destruction of the Victory Monument protected by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed to recreate the Glory Memorial that was taken down in Kutaisi (Georgia).
"According to our experts this monument has a great value as a work of art. But it's not the point. Demolition of the monument is another attempt to erase the memory of a common heroic past from the minds of the people that once made up the Soviet Union. And I consider it possible to recreate the monument in the capital of once united state - in Moscow", - Vladimir Putin said at the government presidium session on Tuesday.
Georgia, Russia and the West are united in their view of the events in Kutaisi. The Georgian diaspora could not neglect them either.
Mikhail Khubutia, president of the Union of Georgians in Russia expressed condolence to the relatives of the victims who died during explosion of the memorial and made a statement condemning actions of the Georgian authorities calling this irresponsible deed an act of vandalism.
But the Union of Georgians in Russia won't stop on verbosities. There are nearly one million and a half Georgians living in Russia, their grandfathers took part in the Great Patriotic War and many sacrificed their lives for the common victory. They are openly resentful over the insult to the fair memory of the perished.
There are letters and telephone calls to the Union from representatives of the diaspora asking how the acts of Georgia's current authorities can be undone.