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Russian communists lay flowers at Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's tomb on Red Square next to the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, December 21, 2015. Russian communists are marking the 136th anniversary of Josef Stalin's birthday. (Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA)

Russian communists lay flowers at Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's tomb on Red Square next to the Kremlin wall in Moscow, Russia, December 21, 2015. Russian communists are marking the 136th anniversary of Josef Stalin's birthday. (Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA)
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23 Dec 2015 08:04:00
Replicas of Joseph Stalin uniforms are offered to tourists who can rent them and wear them for a picture outside Stalin's bunker in Samara, Russia, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Stalin's secret WWII bunker has become the unlikely meeting point for thousands of cheerful fans who have arrived to the city during the World Cup days. (Photo by Luis Andres Henao/AP Photo)

Replicas of Joseph Stalin uniforms are offered to tourists who can rent them and wear them for a picture outside Stalin's bunker in Samara, Russia, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Stalin's secret WWII bunker has become the unlikely meeting point for thousands of cheerful fans who have arrived to the city during the World Cup days. (Photo by Luis Andres Henao/AP Photo)
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11 Jul 2018 00:03:00
Retired builder Vasili Sidamonidze, 70, poses for a portrait at his home in Gori, Georgia, December 6, 2016. “Unfortunately, Stalin is not popular nowadays. Our people don't respect him. Only we, members of the (Communist) Party, respect him”, Sidamonidze said. “I always try to attend Stalin's birthday anniversaries in Gori. Unfortunately many people don't want to join us even if they live nearby. They look at us from their windows”. Stalin, who was born in Gori in 1878 and died in 1953, is largely reviled today in Georgia, which regained its independence during the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the years, his memorials have been dismantled, most recently in 2010 when authorities removed a statue of the dictator from Gori's central square. But Stalin is still revered by a small group of mainly elderly supporters who stress his role in the industrialisation of the Soviet Union and in defeating Nazi Germany in World War Two. Each Dec. 21, a few dozen people mark his birthday by gathering outside a Gori museum dedicated to Stalin, where they make speeches and walk to the square where a 6-meter-high bronze statue of him once stood, calling for it to be reinstated. Opponents say it was a symbol of Moscow's still lingering shadow. In 2008, Russia fought a brief war with Georgia and recognised its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Retired builder Vasili Sidamonidze, 70, poses for a portrait at his home in Gori, Georgia, December 6, 2016. “Unfortunately, Stalin is not popular nowadays. Our people don't respect him. Only we, members of the (Communist) Party, respect him”, Sidamonidze said. “I always try to attend Stalin's birthday anniversaries in Gori. Unfortunately many people don't want to join us even if they live nearby. They look at us from their windows”. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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17 Dec 2016 07:59:00
Communist supporters hold portraits of Soviet leader Josef Stalin as they queue to lay flowers at the grave of Stalin to mark the 139th anniversary of his birth, in Moscow's Red Square, Russia, Friday, December 21, 2018. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)

Communist supporters hold portraits of Soviet leader Josef Stalin as they queue to lay flowers at the grave of Stalin to mark the 139th anniversary of his birth, in Moscow's Red Square, Russia, Friday, December 21, 2018. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)
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23 Dec 2018 00:07:00
Military enthusiasts take part in a re-enactment of the World War II battle of Stalingrad at the “Stalin Line” memorial, near the village of Goroshki, Belarus, February 27, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Military enthusiasts take part in a re-enactment of the World War II battle of Stalingrad at the “Stalin Line” memorial, near the village of Goroshki, Belarus, February 27, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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28 Feb 2016 10:32:00
At the Krasnopresnenskaya station, the benches come from the Cathedral of Christ-Sauveur, which was built from 1839 to 1883 in memory of the victory of Russia against the army of Napoleon I. The cathedral was destroyed under Stalin in 1931, but the benches remained intact. Metro architects decided to install them in some stations. (Photo by Didier Bizet/The Washington Post)

At the Krasnopresnenskaya station, the benches come from the Cathedral of Christ-Sauveur, which was built from 1839 to 1883 in memory of the victory of Russia against the army of Napoleon I. The cathedral was destroyed under Stalin in 1931, but the benches remained intact. Metro architects decided to install them in some stations. (Photo by Didier Bizet/The Washington Post)
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24 Jan 2018 06:23:00
A spectator at the Maslenitsa car battle, reacts during a clash, in the village of Goroshki, some 35 kilometers from Minsk, Belarus, 12 March 2016. The battle which is held at the Historical and Cultural Complex, Stalin line, is a small local competition, with participants from Belarus and Russia. (Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA)

A spectator at the Maslenitsa car battle, reacts during a clash, in the village of Goroshki, some 35 kilometers from Minsk, Belarus, 12 March 2016. The battle which is held at the Historical and Cultural Complex, Stalin line, is a small local competition, with participants from Belarus and Russia. (Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA)
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13 Mar 2016 10:54:00
In this photo taken on Thursday, March 7, 2019, the sun rises over the star on the spire on top of a Stalin-era skyscraper, now the Radisson Royal Hotel on the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dmitry Serebryakov/AP Photo)

In this photo taken on Thursday, March 7, 2019, the sun rises over the star on the spire on top of a Stalin-era skyscraper, now the Radisson Royal Hotel on the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dmitry Serebryakov/AP Photo)
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07 Jun 2019 00:03:00