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Nighttime dethroning of Stalin2010-06-28 10:23
The bronze statue of Joseph Stalin will no more be an eyesore to Gori residents. It is now in a museum, as an overthrown idol who was done away with at night - not without viewers though. What to be ashamed of? Elderly people, historians, and politicians that consider systematical destruction of Soviet epoch monuments as sheer madness of the authorities.
There will come a day when Georgian citizens will wake up and find out they live in a completely different country without the past, national traditions and Orthodoxy but an appendix to Europe or America instead.
To eradicate memories of good Soviet times, friendship of nations and victory over fascism is what the Georgian authorities are tasked with. Mikheil Saakashvili would burn this nostalgia for the past that unites Georgia and Russia with red-hot steel had he a chance. You see, this nostalgia hinders creation of a new, democratic republic.
But for the generation of people who lived in the USSR, reforms in Georgia would be progressing much faster, Kakha Bendukidze, ex economy minister, author of revolutionary reforms in Saakashvili's government, regrets.
People are in the way of the new regime. At least those who have historical memory. The right way to finish off with this generation is to destroy their relics.
This is the genuine goal of Stalin monument dismantlement. An anti-humane and unpopular goal. For some reason this was done under the cover of night, after 23.00. Video recording was allowed only from the "front" where local National Movement members were standing. Any filming was prohibited from the side where a crowd of townspeople was.
Trialiti TV journalists that tried to film the resentful gathering were hauled over the coals: policemen started with verbal insults and finished with kicks in their backs. Lado Bichashvili, the correspondent, and Imede Gogoladze, the camera man, were stripped of the film footage as were those who were recording the protest with cell phones.
It became clear long ago that time-weathered Stalin will not last long in the central square of Gori town, his town of birth. Immediately after the end of the 2008 conflict Georgian authorities ruled out demolishing the Soviet idol or removing him to Stalin's memorial apartment renamed into the Museum of Russian aggression or the Museum of Soviet Occupation.
Mysterious logic of Georgian authorities led them to the conclusion that Joseph Dzhugashvli was an occupant in his native land.