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Memory dismantlement2010-06-29 10:21
The Georgian authorities continue fighting with the Soviet past. The fate of the memorial in Gori was shared this weekend by the monument to Stalin in Tkibuli. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed the aspiration of Saakashvili's team to wipe off any memory of the common victory over fascism and the peoples' friendship with the well-known Russian writers and publicists.
The attitude of the current Georgian governors towards Russia and Georgia's common past is no secret. In December, by order of President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili, the Glory Memorial was exploded in Kutaisi. The representatives of the Georgian regime were so eager to remove the symbol of Georgia and Russia's common historical past that an 8-year-old girl and her mother died because of the explosion.
In spring, instead of paying tribute to the memory of the fellow countrymen, who have their lives in their struggle with fascism, on May 9 Georgia established the Day of St. George the Victorious, which has also become the Georgian Police Day, and there was no celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Victory.
And now the Georgian authorities made up their mind to eliminate the memory of their fellow countryman Iosiph Dzhugashvili. In these days, two memorials to Stalin have been dismantled in the republic. Moreover, the memorial in Gori is planned to be replaced by a monument to those who died in the August 2008 war and the victims of Stalin's reprisals.
Is there any explanation to the Georgian government's furious fight against the Soviet past? GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed the matter with the well-known Russian writers and publicists.
Edward Radzinskiy, a writer, the author of "Stalin"
Edward Stanislavovitch, in your book you have given a deep and profound idea of Stalin's tyranny. Is there any tyranny of the same kind in modern Georgia, in your opinion?
I have not been to Georgia for many years, so it would be difficult for me to say if there is any tyranny there. Besides, I am not accustomed to giving an answer according to newspaper reports. Thus, I cannot assert a fact I know nothing of. Destroying monuments to Stalin as a political act, I hope, is quite correct but if it is an act of culture I would not destroy them but, instead, inscribe "God forgive them, for they are not aware of what they do" on their pedestals.
What is your attitude towards blowing up the Glory Memorial in Kutaisi?
That is an act of shame, I guess, which should have never be made.
What may the struggle of the Georgian authorities with the Soviet past be attributed to?