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Opposition: Saakashvili eliminates all memories about Stalin2009-12-18 12:10
In the view of Teimuraz Shashiashvili, the White Movement leader, President Mikheil Saakashvili is eliminating all the memories about Stalin. In this way he commented the demolition of Victory over Fascism monument in Kutaisi - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The memorial is practically eliminated. Nothing left from the sculptor's work. The only thing left is 100-meter tall framework, planned to be exploded on December 21st. December 21st, as it's known, the birthday of Stalin, and also Saakashvili. Perhaps, to that day Saakashvili is trying to eradicate everything reminding of Stalin," Shashiashvili said.
"It's not only the attitude to Merab Berdzenishvili [the sculptor], but elimination of a sacred place. The government doesn't care a doit about veterans and ignore public opinion," he added.
If on December 21st the memorial will be exploded, the construction of the new building of the Parliament will begin, as in a few years MPs will move to the city.
In the opinion of the opposition leader, the construction of the new Parliament building is a political farce, as MPs will remain in Tbilisi, and the building in Kutaisii will be a reserve one.
The fact that money that could have been spent on city development, will spent on the building, Shashiashvili called the humiliation of Kutaisi residents.
According to his estimation, over GEL 50 mln [USD 30 mln] will be spent in the very first year, and even more in the following ones.