Georgia has nothing to do with Stalin – Saakashvili
Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, claimed his country is getting rid of "Stalin's legacy."
He raised the issue when answering the question of Bulvar [Ukrainian newspaper] journalist whether he feels ties with ex-leader of the USSR - RosBalt.
"History, as it's known from the statement of the philosophy classic Hegel, repeats twice, once as a tragedy, second time as a farce. I think we are very different, and in fact Georgia is getting free from the shadow of Ioseph Jugashvili, in which it was living for decades," Saakashvili said.
The president of Georgia reminded the demolition of Stalin monument in Gori. According to Saakashvili, this event was hardly noticed in the country.
"Thanks God, we are now in another epoch: we have another country, other interests, and relation to Stalin is of no significance now. No-one was picketing there, and no-one celebrated it with street festivities - people are busy dealing with their issues," the Georgian leader said.