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Georgian village reinstates Stalin monument to mark anniversary

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A newly reinstated monument of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is seen on his birthday anniversary in the village of Zemo Alvani, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Tbilisi, December 21, 2012. Residents of a mountainous village in the former Soviet republic of Georgia reinstated a monument to dictator Josef Stalin on Friday to mark the 133rd birthday anniversary of their famous compatriot. The statue was removed a year ago by local...more

A newly reinstated monument of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is seen on his birthday anniversary in the village of Zemo Alvani, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Tbilisi, December 21, 2012. Residents of a mountainous village in the former Soviet republic of Georgia reinstated a monument to dictator Josef Stalin on Friday to mark the 133rd birthday anniversary of their famous compatriot. The statue was removed a year ago by local authorities after President Mikheil Saakashvili said the late dictator was too closely associated with what he called the "Soviet occupation of Georgia" and called for memorials to Stalin to be dismantled. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Villagers attend an unveiling ceremony of the newly reinstated monument of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on his birthday anniversary in the village of Zemo Alvani, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Tbilisi, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Villagers attend an unveiling ceremony of the newly reinstated monument of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on his birthday anniversary in the village of Zemo Alvani, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Tbilisi, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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People walk past a monument of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, which is newly reinstated on Stalin's birthday anniversary, in the village of Zemo Alvani, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Tbilisi, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

People walk past a monument of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, which is newly reinstated on Stalin's birthday anniversary, in the village of Zemo Alvani, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Tbilisi, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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