Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Koba is back: Stalin statue to be erected in South Ossetia

A three-meter monument, dedicated to the legendary Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, will be erected in the village of Tsorbisi, in South Ossetia. The initiator of the project is Dzambolat Tedeev, head coach of the Russian national freestyle wrestling team.

The statue, made by Ossetian sculptor Ibragim Khayev, will be placed in Tsorbisi's Stalin Square, the construction of which had also been financed by Tedeev.

Although Stalin, whose actual name was Joseph Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, was an ethnic Georgian born in Gori, many people in North and South Ossetia regard him an "ethnic Ossetian". 

It must be noted that in 1934, Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, was renamed Stalinir - in honor of the Soviet leader. In 1961, as a result of the de-stalinization process under Nikita Khrushchev, the city acquired its old name. 

The erection of Stalin's monument in separatist South Ossetia is in sharp contradiction with the anti-communist policies and legislation promoted by the Georgian governments. 

Since 2011, having the support of the U.S. and the E.U,, the Georgian authorities have banned the use of communist symbols, adopting the despicable and unhistorical and  theory of the "two extremes" which equates communism with fascism and nazism. 

Based on preposterous anti-communist legislation, the chairman of the CC of the Unified Communist Party of Georgia, Temur Pepia, had been arrested last March by Georgian authorities upon his arrival from Russia.