Out of the blue, in the dawn of Friday night on 25th of June, Georgian government has hoisted off so much controversial statue of Joseph Stalin.

Soviet dictator, who had a Georgian origin, is widely unpopular in Georgia, not to consider Soviet veterans and the majority of the population of Gori, the city wherein Mr. Ioseb Jughashvili was born.

Certainly I was supporting the idea of removing the statue and also liked the method it was taken away to the Museum. I assume it was not a time neither of internal struggle or irritation of "beloved" northern neighbour. We all remember what was the follow up of the removal of “Aliosha” from the centre of Tallinn. Thus, almost first time in its’ history, current Georgian government made a right step without a blunt PR.

From the angle of tourism, many think that Gori will lose its meaning and attractiveness as there won’t be much interesting to see in the city and Stalin’s prodigious statue isn’t going to greet every single visitor from the very centre of the city, but this argument has no ground as people who are interested in Stalin’s hometown can anyways visit the city and enjoy both his museum and the statue with the same success as before.

When I first heard of the removal of the statue, I reminisced about a small conversation with a friend of mine. Once while visiting another “Sovietic” Ukrainian city Kharkiv, I asked to my friend about her stance over the monuments of Lenin, which is basically all around through Ukraine, and her answer was – “it’s our history and by removing a statue one cannot erase historical facts” I should say that I partially agree and at the same time disagree to this perception. Certainly by replacing Stalin’s statue we cannot erase the fact of how disastrous Stalin was for Georgia, but keeping the statue to its initial place means that Georgia at some point appreciates his figure and to a certain extent leaves a room for rehabilitation his image not only in Gori (wherein he is popular enough even among the new generation) but in other parts of Georgia as well.

Thus, from my standpoint government of Georgia made a right decision, though beating up journalists who were trying to record the process or removal is not more than using Stalin’s methodology of dealing with unwanted stuff.

And last but not least, current Georgian government and exclusively Pr. Saakashvili ceremonially opened a monument of “Great Democrat” and Soviet “dissident” Heidar Alliev in the old town of the city! 


Anonymous said...

To be politically correct, u just need to write Georgia's government instead of Georgian :-)
Statias mogvianebit shevafaseb

Unknown said...

agree! thanks :)

Unknown said...

Though it is commonly used in the media, and almost all media outlets use "French Government", "US Government" so on and so forth :)

Ann Tsurtsumia said...

es me viyavi, me :D

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