What’s wrong with this picture? In Virginia, U.S.A., we recently unveiled a bust of Joseph Stalin, the genocidal dictator of Soviet Russia.
And in Georgia, the former Soviet Republic from which Stalin came, his countrymen are tearing down his statues:
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Authorities in Georgia on Sunday tore down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin. The monument in the town of Tkibuli in western Georgia was taken down two days after authorities tore down a bigger and more famous monument to Stalin in his hometown of Gori…The Georgian government says a younger generation who have embraced Western ideals of freedom favor the dismantling of Stalin’s monuments.
“A memorial to Stalin has no place in the Georgia of the 21st Century,” President Mikhail Saakashvili said Friday. Saakashvili’s government said a memorial to the fallen in the Russian-Georgian war of 2008 will replace Stalin’s statue in Gori.
Georgia’s Culture Minister Nikolos Rurua said the government will also soon rename Georgian streets still carrying Stalin’s name.