Some 30 residents of the village of Zemo Alvani, 200
kilometres (124 miles) north-east of the capital Tbilisi,
gathered to witness the unveiling of the three-metre-high stone
statue of Stalin.
The statue was removed a year ago by local authorities after
President Mikheil Saakashvili said the late dictator was too
closely associated with what he called the “Soviet occupation of
Georgia” and called for memorials to Stalin to be dismantled.
“I came here because I love Stalin and I love my people …
I remember when I was 12 how my grandmother was weeping when
Stalin died,” said Phatima Patishvili, a Zemo Alvani resident.