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Monument to Soviet dictator Stalin to be restored in Georgia

Monument to Soviet dictator Stalin to be restored in Georgia

A bronze statue of Soviet-era dictator Josef Stalin will soon rise five stories over the museum dedicated to his brutal legacy in the small Georgian town of Gori, where he was born in 1878, the Culture Ministry in the former Soviet republic announced Tuesday. The 20-foot-tall statue was toppled in the dark of night from its 30-foot pedestal three years ago as vestiges of the totalitarian era in the Caucasus republic were eradicated by pro-Western President Mikheil Saakashvili. It has since been lying on the grounds of a military base in Gori. The monument previously stood in Gori’s central square but plans for its reinstatement indicate it will be erected in the yard of the...

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