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Stalin bust in Akura, Georgia, taken down

by | Aug 13, 2014
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The restored bust of Stalin before it was taken down. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A bust of Stalin was Tuesday dismantled in a small village in Georgia, less than a day after it was put up.

It is still unknown who placed the monument in Akura, in the eastern part of the country, but the same bust has been erected several times in two years.

Alexandre Shatirishvili, head of Telavi municipality, told Interpressnews that the dismantled monument will be taken to the local government office.

Shatirishvili says he thinks about forty people have refurbished the monument after it was paint bombed and taken down put it there again. But they didn’t have permission to do it, and therefore it was dismantled.

Recently Georgia prohibited Soviet symbols and propaganda.

The Stalin bust in Akura stood through most of Georgia’s post-Soviet independence and was first removed in late 2010. It was put back by locals in December 2012 with permission from the local government.

In February, 2013 strangers removed it and painted it pink. It was thought to have been done by activists for the National Movement party, who had then been thrown out of government by voters.



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