The city council in Joseph Stalin’s Georgian hometown of Gori struck down on October 2 a motion to restore the Soviet dictator’s monument in the town square. The fierce debate left unclear the fate of the grand, six-meter statue that just refuses to be consigned to the ash heap of history.
After the bronze Stalin was kicked off its pedestal in Gori in 2010, it seemed to acquire a life of its own. Gori’s diehard communists and Stalin fans, who view the dictator as their small-town-boy-made-good, carried the deposed monument around until they plunked him down in an abandoned construction site, some 15 minutes outside of town. There, lying face down and exposed to the elements, the Great Leader has been entrusted to the care of an elderly gate-keeper and his dog.
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