New Stalin monument dedicated in Ukraine

The following article is from the bourgeois press service, AFP. See also Long Live the Universal Contributions of Comrade Joseph Stalin. For more photos, see the website of the Communist Party of Ukraine:

ZAPORIZHIA, Ukraine — Ukrainian communists on Wednesday unveiled a controversial monument to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, despite angry criticism from nationalists.

About 1,000 supporters of the Communist Party, including many elderly World War II veterans bedecked with medals, cheered as the monument was dedicated in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporozhia.

“Long live Stalin!” said one of the speakers at the festive, Soviet-style event, as the audience responded: “Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!”

The metal statue was placed outside the local headquarters of the Communist Party in Zaporozhia, a Russian-speaking city about 500 kilometres (300 miles) southeast of Kiev.

Standing more than two metres (seven feet) tall and depicting Stalin holding a pipe, it was commissioned by local communists and dedicated ahead of this weekend’s 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Stalin is a deeply controversial figure who is accused of causing the deaths of millions of Soviet citizens in his brutal Gulag prison camps and through the forced collectivization of agriculture.

Nationalists in Ukraine — which won independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 — revile Stalin as the instigator of a 1930s famine which killed millions of Ukrainians.

But Stalin’s supporters praise his role in the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

“It was the USSR under Stalin’s leadership that liberated Europe,” Olexander Zubchevsky, the second secretary of the Zaporozhia regional branch of the Communist Party, told AFP ahead of the dedication ceremony.

The Gazeta po-Kievsky newspaper reported that the Stalin statue had been sculpted in secret and that communists would keep a round-the-clock guard around the monument to prevent it from being defaced.

Svoboda (Freedom), a Ukrainian nationalist group, had sought to hold a protest against the dedication of the monument, calling Stalin “the executioner of the Ukrainian people.”

But Svoboda was denied permission by Zaporozhia authorities to hold its protest, the Interfax news agency reported.

The dedication comes three months after the election of Ukraine’s new pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Yaunkovych has downplayed the importance of the Stalin statue, saying it was a communist initiative not backed by the government.

“Since this territory belongs to the communists, the consent of the city council was not needed,” Yanukovych said last week in comments carried by the presidential press service.

Yanukovych said residents of Zaporozhia should vote in a referendum on whether their city should be home to the statue.

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9 responses to “New Stalin monument dedicated in Ukraine

  1. It is shameful that the marxist-leninist website has this article that terms the Great Comrade Stalin a dictator and no comment has been made against this blatant imperialist lie. The world owes Stalin of the whatever good that exists today.

    Long Live the International Contributes of Comrade Stalin

    Long Live Marxism-Leninism

    Long Live the struggles of Comrade Stalin

    Down with the Imperialist Lies!

  2. Those “nationalists” who blame Stalin was the same that want to give away Ukraine to Nazism. They deserve no respect.

  3. The anti-Stalin Ukrainian “nationalists” have even gone so far as to erect at statue to Stepan Bandera, the World War II collaborator with the Nazi invasion. Bandera had a few contradictions with the Nazis on who would get how much of the spoils, but that was all. They are typical anti-Stalinists.

  4. LONG LIVE COMRADE STALIN.

  5. Apparently said Ukrainian nationalists have decapitated this statue.

  6. I personally very much want to kick the asses of those nationalist scums. Gulag is their rightful and they should belong there.
    But, there are “leftist(!)”, who I think are more dangerous than those nationalists. Some are even howling at Stalin to be “capitalist”. Can’t believe? Just go to http://www.revleft.com and search with Stalin and just measure the garbage.
    Such leftists are more dangerous enemies of working class than the “nationalists”.

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