Original Chinese Language Article By: www.news.xinhuanet.com
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Georgians have different viewpoints.
According to the guide, the views about Stalin in Georgia (his birthplace) are varied. The older generation are very positive and the general consensus is that Stalin was a great leader who single-handedly guided the Soviet Union to victory over fascism. This (great) victory made the Soviet Union a very powerful country on the world stage. Many Georgians also agree that it was the ‘honest’ and ‘selfless’ cultural characteristics that are typical of Georgian culture that made Stalin the great leader he became. Other Georgians complain that when in power, Stalin did not do much too directly assist Georgia.
Nevertheless, every year on the anniversary of his birth (the 21st of December) crowds of Georgians gather to commemorate this important event – bringing flowers to be respectfully placed outside Stalin’s former home. The statue of Stalin that stands infront of the City Hall of Gori (the city of Stalin’s birth) – has been under threat of destruction three times in the past in 1956, 1965, and 1978. These attempts have been blocked by local people who have mounted day and night guards around the monument.
(Source: Global Special Correspondent – Georgia – Wu Huangyuan)
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.
Original Chinese Language Article: