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Josef Stalin overhearing a woman's telephone conversation. If he hadn't been just a statue she might have been in trouble.

This is from the grounds of the Stalin Museum in Gori, the Georgian town where the Soviet dictator was born in 1878. From the bus station the museum is reached by walking up the street to the huge Stalin Square, where you turn left along Stalin Avenue. You can't miss it.

In spite of the ruthlessness of his rule Josef Stalin is still very much the local hero in Gori, and actually in all of Georgia, and nowhere in this museum is there any mention of Gulag, deliberate mass starvation or mass killings. I saw one sign noting briefly the "excesses of the Communist party", but there was no reference to who was the leader of that party.

Not even in the much more modern Museum of Georgia in the capital Tbilisi, where there is a permanent exhibition on "70 tears of Soviet occupation", did I see any critical assessment of the Stalin epoch.

Two more pictures from the Stalin Museum are shown as workshops.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7101 W: 408 N: 14072] (66204)
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