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Russia: Stalin bust unveiled in Surgut despite city authority’s objections

2 161 15.09.2016 Инфо

A bust of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was unveiled on the embankment of the Ob River in the Siberian city of Surgut, on Thursday. City authorities have said the statue does not have the necessary permissions and may have to be taken down.
Dozens of visitors turned up to lay flowers at the statue's base as it was unveiled. Activists from the Russky Dukh (Russian Soul) Group are behind the initiative. The head of the project Rustem Alakaev called the bust a "symbol of that epoch, an epoch of the Soviet people's glorious victories, an epoch of revival and restoration." However he admitted that "not everybody was positive about this idea."
The group raised about €2,000 ($2,249) to finance the statue. However hundreds of locals have signed a petition to protest the raising of the bust and the authorities may yet declare it illegal.