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Ukrainian Political Party Set to Erect Statue of Joseph Stalin

29. April 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

In the post-Stalinist and especially post-Soviet Russian world, Stalin himself is a very controversial figure. While his period in power up until his death in 1953 was marked by the famous “Cult of Personality” in which many towns and cities were named after him, the Soviet Union’s Anthem was altered to include his name in the lyrics and attributing many grandiose titles and abilities to the leader. After his death, the Soviet Union under Nikita Khrushchev went through a period of what was referred to as “De-Stalinization”, where many of the cities and towns that were renamed in his honor were reverted to their old traditional names or new ones, statues were torn down, political prisoners were freed and many public policies were reversed.

In Ukraine, Stalin’s image is especially controversial due to his political and economic policies which caused many poverty-stricken farmers in Ukraine to starve to death between 1922 and 1923 in a famine often referred to as “Holodomor”, along with various other divisive issues.

Now, in 2010, the Communist Party of Ukraine — an influential Political Party and a solid portion of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s Parliamentary coalition — have announced their intention to unveil a new statue of the former Soviet Leader in the city of Zaporizhia, Ukraine in the beginning of May. Almost 60% of Ukrainians polled on the issue indicated that they opposed the construction of any monuments to the late Dictator.