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Georgians return Stalin2012-12-21 17:04
Georgia celebrates the birthday of Joseph Stalin with the opening of new monuments. At least one. In the village of Alvani, Akhmeta district, residents of Tushino have restored the monument to the leader. Solemn opening took place today, December 21. The whole village - 1500 families - has supported the idea of restoring the monument. This suggests that, despite the strengthening of Saakashvili's policy to destroy the legacy of the Soviet era, people have not forgotten Stalin.
The cult of Stalin in Georgia is still alive. They do not erect monuments to the leader and compatriot in big cities, however, today at least one monument appeared in the country. This monument in a remote village is not new: it was removed recently, but now the local people have restored monument.
Here, in a small village of Alvani, serious forces of supporters and opponents of restoration of the monument clashed during project preparation. The monument was dismantled on July 16, 2011. As locals say, it happened at night, while everyone was asleep. Otherwise the villagers would have defended the leader. Monument was put "on feet" on November 25, but until now it was in a terrible state.
Residents of Tushino collected money "for Stalin" in a cardboard box, as much as everyone could. We must pay tribute to local residents - they collected the necessary amount in just a few days. They erected scaffolding, got the tools and set to work.
While Mikheil Saakashvili was in power, monuments to the leader of the peoples have been dismantled. Previously, they were in every respected and considerable village, but now you can hardly meet them. The largest monument to the leader - a monument in Gori, in his homeland - was also dismantled.
"If a monument is restored, I approve this. This monument stood in the place where there was the memorial to the soldiers who had not returned from the war; it was a symbol of the World War II. First stand and "obelisk" in Georgia has been installed in Zemo Alvani. One can say it had historical sense", says Zachary Kinkladze, who was appointed chairman of the council of the Akhmeta region after the parliamentary elections.
The information on the restoration of the monument to Stalin causes quite controversial reaction in social networks.