I was also surprised when I learned out that Joseph Stalin Monument would be installed and presented to the public on May 8th, 2013, before Victory Day Celebration in Yakutsk, Russia.
So, who installed the monument to the most controversial historic figure of the past century, whose cruelty and lack of love for humanity were considered to be equal to Hitler’s? And why?
Yakutsk residents were not happy about it either. If to read the city’s online forums, you might find many negative feedbacks.
Stalin’s Monument installation was initiated by the regional affiliate of the Russian communist party. During the grand opening, their representatives said many praisals to Joseph Stalin, who managed to protect the USSR from Hitler’s Army at the Great Patriotic War.
Indeed, it was Stalin’s name, which soldiers and officers cried out, when they rushed into attacks. It was him, whom Soviet people thanked when the war was finally won. Many reasons to be grateful.
But… people, difinitely, keep memory on what Stalin did to innocent men and women during the repressions in the thirties of the past century. How many people were perished in the Kolyma gulag camps, nobody knows yet. More than it’s possible to imagine.
That’s it. And the fact is that the Stalin monument stands in Yakutsk and its resurrection was sponsored by the “Almazy Anabara” diamond-mining company and supported by its company’s president Matvei Evseev, who is a member of the United Russia party.
Controversial figure! And controversial act!
PS. By the way, this summer we arrange Stalin’s Road of Bones trips. Two itineraries are offered.
- Yakutsk – Magadan. Stalin’s Road of Bones (Kolyma Highway) Tour in Summer 2014
- 2010 Yakutia Photo Exhibition in New York
- Map of GULAGs on the Road of Bones, Oymyakonsky region/Yakutia
- A Road Trip from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia / Russia. March 2012. Travel Report.
- Oymyakon. Travel to the Coldest Place in the World in Winter 2013 – 2014 [info+video+photo]