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Monument as Putin’s "gift" to Saakashvili2010-12-22 15:01
Russian PM Putin personally attended the opening ceremony of the monument "We fought fascism together" in Moscow. It was his idea a year ago to restore the Glory Memorial demolished in Kutaisi in the capital of Russia. He was supported by the Union of Georgians and other NGOs. And today the new sculptural group can be seen in Poklonnaya Gora as an allusion to the arch in Kutaisi. It appeared right on the birthday of the Georgian vandal Mikheil Saakashvili.
The monuments dedicated to the Great Patriotic War are not much in favor in some post-Soviet states. Exactly because there is this word "patriotic". Former USSR brothers don't want to call the dissolved country their motherland. They try to cross out, forget and basically blow up 70 years of the history they share with Russians.
Only in Russia monuments to the heroes of that war keep growing in number in pursuit of the great mission of the Soviet people who saved the planet from "the brown plague".
The monument to sergeants Meliton Kantaria and Nikolay Egorov who raised the banner over Reichstag in Moscow is a reminder that the Victory was won by all USSR nations, without exception. In the background, behind the sculpture there are 15 square bas-relieves featuring major monuments dedicated to the Great Patriotic War in post-Soviet countries including the Kutaisi memorial destroyed a year ago.
Speaking at the opening ceremony Russian PM Vladimir Putin expressed certitude that any attempt at breaking historical ties that connect peoples of the ex USSR will not be successful.
"I am certain no one can set Russians and Georgians against each other, embitter us and break our traditional human spiritual ties. That means the future lies in good-neighborly, equal and real partnership between Russia and Georgia. This is our true aspiration", - Vladimir Putin said as quoted by RIA Novosti.
Putin called the destruction of the Kutaisi memorial (that was scheduled on Mikheil Saakashvili's birthday on December 21, 2009 but took place two days earlier to forestall the wave of public protest) "a disgraceful act of state vandalism". The head of the Russian government remarked that the event "drew sharp disapproval and outrage in the world, primarily in Georgia itself because people cannot live with leaders who destroy memories".