With a new government in power in Georgia, monuments to the Soviet strongman and native son are finding their way back home.
Tamar Kikacheishvili, Transitions Online 11 January 2013
ZEMO ALVANI, Georgia | Shota Lazarishvili prays to a photo of Josef Stalin, wishing the photo was instead a proper monument to the man he views as a hero.
Two years ago, after earning 300 lari (about 150 euros) working at a seasonal job, Lazarishvili paid 80 lari for bronze paint and labor to repair the Stalin statue that stood in his hometown of Telavi, in eastern Georgia. Not long after it was restored, the Georgian government confiscated the statue on the grounds that it represented Soviet ideals.
Stalin, Restored (1)