Stalin Artifacts Survive Russia-Georgia Conflict

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.03.08 | 10:21 AM ET

imageTalk about taking your work home with you. When things heated up between Russia and Georgia two weeks back, the small town of Gori—best known as Josef Stalin’s birthplace—found itself in the line of fire. The bombing put the contents of the town’s Stalin Museum at risk, but fortunately the museum’s director, Robert Maglakelidze, wasn’t taking any chances: the CBC reports that he loaded his car with the most valuable artifacts before fleeing to Tbilisi.

With the crisis largely passed, Maglakelidze is hoping for a future increase in visitors. After all, he says, “The whole world knows about Gori now.”

Photo of Gori’s Stalin statue by Claire a Taiwan via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for Stalin Artifacts Survive Russia-Georgia Conflict

Ben 09.03.08 | 2:56 PM ET

The actions of Mr. Maglakelidze remind me of Omara Khan Massoudi who acted quickly to save many of the artworks and artifacts from the Kabul Museum that are currently on tour in the US.

Claire a Taiwan 09.12.08 | 7:15 AM ET

Glad you could use my picture to illustrate your article.
About the museum and its artifacts, one should mention that the museum only presents Stalin as a hero of WWII and a universally admired leader (with “gifts” from workers from all over the world).
Couldn’t say the artifacts are artistically interesting, but they certainly represent an interesting testimony of the massive personality cult Stalin had developed in those days…

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