Stalin statue goes up in United States, gets torn down in Georgia

BBC Reports: Stalin Georgia statue latest in long line of removals

Stalin’s statue has been removed from the central square in his birthplace and is to be housed in a museum in the town. He is not the first leader to be toppled from his place on a plinth. So who are some of the others?

UK’s Telegraph Reports:

Erected in the Georgian town of Gori in 1952, a year before Stalin died, the 20ft bronze statue stood on a soaring granite plinth and had survived a 1960s Kremlin campaign to banish Stalin’s memory as well as a Russian military bombardment in 2008.

But Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s pro-Western president, said he wanted the statue moved into a local museum that devoted to the Soviet dictator.

He argued that the late dictator was too closely associated with what he called the “Soviet occupation of Georgia”.

“A memorial to Stalin has no place in the Georgia of the 21st century,” he said.

In The United States, However:

A bust of dictator Joseph Stalin has been placed at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford despite public protest over its presence.

The sculpture was installed at the memorial Tuesday, said William McIntosh, president of the memorial foundation.

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