Off with the statue.

[ Georgia, gori. 6-metre tall bronze statue of Joseph Stalin atop a 9-metre pedestal.]

“We know that his roots are Georgian, we can’t deny that,” says Gigi Tsereteli, vice speaker of the Georgian parliament. “But we also can’t deny the terrible things he did to Georgia.”
The Independent

The dictator loses his final esteemed place. Literally let down in his hometown. The statue was built to honoured him the year before his death in 1952. Funny the pedestal, at 9metres, rises loftier than the statue itself. And it’s interesting his statue was removed while the world slept; curious that it will be shelved in a  museum nearby to be gawked at.

Morning must have looked quite a different landscape. What would replace it.

Workers dismantle the statue of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin from the central square in his hometown of Gori, some 80 km (50 miles) west of Tbilisi, June 25, 2010. REUTERS/Nino Chibchiuri
via reuters


Two weeks ago though, Stalin (statue) was raised in Virgina, USA in a D-Day Memorial. The head of the foundation assures, “There’s nothing about the presentation that’s going to be flattering of Stalin.”

My favourite headline has got to be:

Stalin statue in Virginia a huge bust.


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