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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
Winners celebrate after the annual Lelo match in the village of Shukhuti, Georgia, May 1, 2016. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Winners celebrate after the annual Lelo match in the village of Shukhuti, Georgia, May 1, 2016. The villagers of Zemo (upper) Shukhuti and Kvemo (lower) Shukhuti have played the game every Easter Sunday for generations, with each side trying to carry the 16-kilogram ball to their end of the neighbouring villages. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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02 May 2016 11:01:00
A participant jumps during the Red Bull Jump and Freeze competition at the ski resort of Gudauri, Georgia, March 20, 2016. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A participant jumps during the Red Bull Jump and Freeze competition at the ski resort of Gudauri, Georgia, March 20, 2016. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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21 Mar 2016 12:57:00
A local man looks at a church on top of the Katskhi Pillar, rock mass about 40 meters high, in the village of Katskhi, Georgia, November 27, 2015. The church, built in the ninth century, was later abandoned and it collapsed but was rebuilt in 2003, according to local media. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

A local man looks at a church on top of the Katskhi Pillar, rock mass about 40 meters high, in the village of Katskhi, Georgia, November 27, 2015. The church, built in the ninth century, was later abandoned and it collapsed but was rebuilt in 2003, according to local media. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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29 Nov 2015 08:00:00
People stand with sheep for sacrifice outside a church during St. George's Day celebration in the village of Ikalto, Georgia, November 23, 2015. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

People stand with sheep for sacrifice outside a church during St. George's Day celebration in the village of Ikalto, Georgia, November 23, 2015. Georgia marks on Monday one of its most popular religious and public holidays. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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25 Nov 2015 08:03:00
Dancers perform during the annual Tbilisoba festival, celebrating Tbilisi City Day in Tbilisi, Georgia, October 17, 2015. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Dancers perform during the annual Tbilisoba festival, celebrating Tbilisi City Day in Tbilisi, Georgia, October 17, 2015. Tbilisoba is an annual October festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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20 Oct 2015 08:00:00
Zurab Gurielidze, a director of the Tbilisi Zoo, speaks to the media while standing next to a hippopotamus named Begi at the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 13, 2015. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Zurab Gurielidze, a director of the Tbilisi Zoo, speaks to the media while standing next to a hippopotamus named Begi at the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 13, 2015. Tbilisi zoo, which was partly destroyed and some 300 animals escaped or died in the floods that also killed at least 19 people in June, was reopened on Sunday. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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14 Sep 2015 13:23:00
Romanian soldiers take part in a joint military exercise with NATO members, called “Agile Spirit 2015” at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, July 21, 2015. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

Romanian soldiers take part in a joint military exercise with NATO members, called “Agile Spirit 2015” at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, July 21, 2015. Georgian soldiers along with U.S. marines and platoon-size units from Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania are taking part in the exercises at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi. (Photo by David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)
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22 Jul 2015 11:32:00