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Monument to Stalin in Kaluga

Party "Communists of Russia" proposed to establish monument to Joseph Stalin in Kaluga, a message appeared on the site of the Kaluga branch on August 11.

Communists want to perpetuate Stalin as a person, "who not only won the war together with the Soviet people, but also built a powerful Soviet state". Head of the regional branch of the "Communists of Russia" Anton Tarasenko announced the initiative of the party members on August 10.

He also said that the party will make every effort to find the money for the production of the monument. The initiators are counting on help from the state budget, since, according to Tarasenko, "the state should perpetuate the memory of its heroes". They also consider the possibility of "national collection" of money for the monument and have no doubt that people will agree to make donations.

Party members consider Lenin Square in Kaluga to be the most suitable site for the installation of the monument.

"Communists of Russia" have promised to conduct a poll among the Kaluga residents and reported that soon they would send a letter with the request to consider the possibility of holding such a poll to the region governor Anatoly Artamonov.

In recent years, a campaign to rehabilitate Stalin's personality gathers speed. Ideas to install a monument in his honor have been widely discussed in Oryol, Kemerovo, Petrozavodsk.

August 8, residents of the Voronezh region began collecting signatures under an appeal to the city authorities with a demand not to allow the installation of a monument to Joseph Stalin; local communists want to install it in Novovoronezh.

The Voronezh region already has a monument to Stalin, it was installed in 2013 in the Rossoshanskiy district. Local public organization advanced the initiative.

February 22, 2016 a bust of Stalin was installed at the Military Historical Museum-Reserve of Pskov. Leader of the regional branch of the party "Yabloko" Lev Schlossberg required the prosecutor's office to dismantle Stalin bust. In May 2016 the Arkhangelsk authorities denied communists to install a monument to Joseph Stalin; social activists also opposed.

Lipetsk became the first Russian city with a monument to Stalin in the post-Soviet period. Human rights defenders seek the demolition of the bust.

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