Stalin Artifacts Survive Russia-Georgia Conflict
Travel Blog • Eva Holland • 09.03.08 | 10:21 AM ET
Talk 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.”