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Georgian authorities found a substitute to Stalin’s monument in Gori2011-02-08 14:31
Georgian Ministry of Culture reported that a memorial to victims of the "five-day war" in August 2008 and Stalin's reprisals will be erected instead of the dismantled monument to Iosiph Stalin in Gori.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Novosti-Georgia, the authors of the memorial are Georgian sculptors Tamar Kvesitadze and Paata Sannaya. They created a composition depicting 11 naked figures symbolizing those who died in the war in August 2008 and during Stalin's reprisals.
It is also reported that one of the conditions of the competition was the cost of material: it must not exceed 300 thousand laris. The winners are going to get an award of 10 thousand laris.
Let us remind you that the monument to Stalin in Gori was dismantled last June. The event caused wide public response.
It should be noted that President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili stated that his country is getting rid of "Stalin's heritage". "According to a famous statement made by classical philosopher Hegel, the history repeats twice: once in the form of a tragedy and another time in the form of a farce. I believe we are very different and Georgia is getting rid of Iosiph Stalin's shadow, in which it has lived for dozens of years", - Saakashvili said.
In Saakashvili's opinion, the demolition of Stalin's monument in Gori was practically unnoticed by Georgians: "Georgia has gone forward. It makes no different. Thanks God, we live in a different epoch: we've got a different country and different interests and our attitude to Stalin makes no importance. There was no picketing or mass celebrations - people are preoccupied with their own problems", - the president of Georgia stated.