“[A] pile of rubbish will be heaped on my grave, but the wind of history sooner or later will sweep it away,” Joseph Stalin reportedly once predicted. Sixty years after the Soviet leader’s death, his native Georgia, home to both Stalin enthusiasts and detractors, debates where is the best place for Stalin, both in the country's history and in its everyday life - on a pedestal or a pile of rubbish?
Eurasianet reporter and Tamada Tales blogger Giorgi Lomsadze climbs onto the back of Stalin for a good view of how Georgians wish to remember the controversial leader.
Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, and author of the Tamada Tales blog. Nikoloz Bezhanishvili is a freelance filmmaker based in Tbilisi.