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Russians Observe Stalin's 126th Birthday
Guardian Unlimited ^ | Wednesday December 21, 2005

Posted on 12/21/2005 12:37:46 PM PST by lizol

Russians Observe Stalin's 126th Birthday

Wednesday December 21, 2005 7:31 PM

MOSCOW (AP) - Residents of a southern Russian town unveiled a statue Wednesday to Josef Stalin, as Communists and others marked the 126th anniversary of the late Soviet dictator's birth.

More three dozen residents of Digora, in the Caucasus region of North Ossetia, laid carnations at the gold bust topping a granite obelisk, while children in Soviet-style red kerchiefs saluted.

``Under Stalin, every year we waited for improvements and every year there were improvements. It's a fact,'' sculptor Mikhail Dzboyev said in televised comments.

In Moscow's Red Square, several dozen people carrying red flags bearing the face of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin braved wintry weather to visit Stalin's grave.

In the Georgian town of Gori, where Stalin was born, people gathered to toast the Soviet leader.

A growing number of Russian towns in recent years have considered erecting monuments to Stalin, a controversial issue for many Russians who say the dictator was responsible for the deaths of millions of his own people.

Others revere him for the Soviet Union's rapid industrialization and his leadership against Nazi Germany during World War II.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: cccp; communism; happybirthday; kprf; lenin; putin; russia; sovietunion; stalin; ussr
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To: jb6
fascinating read on Stalin

"A sweet-faced 13-year-old, Nato Makashvili, says her history teachers told her that Stalin was good. She was taught that he repressed or killed 20 million people, and also that he was a great leader. Quizzed how a man who killed so many could be good, she replied simply that her teachers told her so, and then lapsed into a puzzled silence."

51 posted on 12/28/2005 9:09:15 PM PST by MarMema (He will bring us goodness and Light.)
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To: GarySpFc
I suggest you make use of this service:


52 posted on 12/31/2005 6:06:03 AM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: lizol

Those cursed Christian Kulaks must be turning over in their mass graves.


53 posted on 12/31/2005 6:09:19 AM PST by cynicom
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To: wallcrawlr
So the truth that there are only 3 statues of Stalin in Russia bothers you?

BTW, my wife is a psychologist, and my doctorate is in Theology, with a second in Biblical psychology.
54 posted on 12/31/2005 11:21:34 AM PST by GarySpFc (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: GarySpFc

your credentials arent displayed well online.


55 posted on 01/01/2006 10:35:34 AM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: traumer

Yes, it is.


56 posted on 01/06/2006 6:32:30 AM PST by wallace144
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