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Georgia: Memories of Stalin’s Purges

A bust of Joseph Stalin popped up in the Soviet dictator’s Georgian hometown of Gori on May 9, the day the ex-Soviet world celebrates its 1945 victory over Nazi Germany. The little Stalin is just a humble replacement for the grand statue removed from the town square back in 2010. Nonetheless, it appeared in defiance of the Georgian government’s ongoing plans to ban Soviet symbols.

That division over how to view the Stalin era is not limited to statues alone.

Georgia, and especially Gori, may be known for having many fans of Stalin, the nation’s most famous son, but it is also home to many people who, as survivors, still vividly remember the Soviet leader's brutal purges.

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi. He is a frequent contributor to EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog.

Georgia: Memories of Stalin’s Purges

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