Georgia Divided: Remembering Stalin

By Helena Bedwell - 2013-04-01T18:11:23Z

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Remembering Stalin

"He defeated Fascism, this is what matters most," says Ushangi Davitashvili, a museum owner of portraits, busts, and other artworks of Josef Stalin. He is part of 45 percent of Georgians who approve of Stalin, according to a poll commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment in 2012. 

A Georgian kisses a portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the town of Gori during commemorations marking his birthday on December 21, 2004. Sixty years have passed since Stalin died, but many Russians still revere him as a great leader who defeated Hitler and made the Soviet Union a superpower, despite his devastating purges which killed millions of people.