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Celebrating Stalin's Birthday in Georgia

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About 100 members of the Georgian Communist Party gather on December 21 in Joseph Stalin's hometown Gori to celebrate the former Soviet leader's 131st birthday. During the rally the party members, who arrived from several regions throughout Georgia, also protested against the dismantling of Stalin's monument on Gori's main square and demanded its immediate restoration.

The Georgian government took the monument down on June 21, 2010, and announced that it would be moved to the yard of Stalin's museum in Gori, located within a kilometer from town's main square. Since then, the present location of the monument, as well as the possible date of its restoration remains publicly unknown.

Temo Bardzimashvili is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.

Celebrating Stalin's Birthday in Georgia

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