Moscow: A statue of the Soviet dictator
Joseph Stalin was unveiled on Wednesday in the Ukrainian city of
Zaporozhye, according to media reports.
The statue of installed on the premises of the
Ukrainian Communist Party on the request of war veterans who
want to commemorate Stalin`s role in the Soviet Union`s
victory in war against Nazi Germany.
About 500 people, including WWII veterans and
Communist party members, attended the opening ceremony ahead
of Victory Day celebrations on May 9.
According to RIA Novosti many political forces in
Ukraine have voiced protests against the construction of the
monument to the controversial Soviet leader, who is blamed for
jailing and executing millions of common people during his
President Viktor Yanukovych had called for a local
referendum on the issue, however, the Ukrainian Communist
Party said the construction of the Stalin`s statue was within
the law and no special permission or referendum was needed to
erect the monument.
Ahead of the Victory Day the debates are on in
Russia also about honouring Marshal Stalin, who charted the
post-War map of the world at his Yalta summit with the US and
The Kremlin seems to have succeeded in shooting down
Moscow Mayor`s plans to put Stalin`s posters on V-Day, while
according to Interfax some buses in St. Petersburg were already seen boasting Stalin`s
portraits on their windscreens.