Crimean Tatars Oppose Stalin Monument
The bronze composition by Moscow-based Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli will be unveiled in the museum complex of the Stalingrad Battle in Volgograd (former Stalingrad), museum director Boris Usik announced.
"Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill played a great role for their countries and led the allied nations to victory.
They cannot be crossed out from history," Usik said in an interview to Russian TV.
The 4.1 meters high and 6.7 meters wide bronze monument portraying Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the Yalta conference in 1945 should be considered an exhibit of the Stalingrad Battle panorama museum and not a memorial to Stalin, he said.
Originally, the sculptor had made the bronze monument of the Big Three for installation at Livadia Palace in Crimean resort of Yalta (Ukraine) to mark their historic summit in three months before the end of the World War in February, 1945, which finalised the contours of post-war division in Europe including a divided Germany.
However, due to protests by Ukrainian nationalists and Crimean Tatars, who were deported from their homeland by Stalin, the plan was dropped.
Several liberal and human rights organisations have urged President
Vladimir Putin to step in and ban the installation of the monument.
Source: The Hindu