The Joseph Stalin Museum which has functioned in Gori since 1937 will be reorganised, announced Georgian Minister of Culture Nika Rurua announced on 9 April.
Nika Rurua stated that Georgia can no longer have a museum of the Soviet dictator. “Thanks to the support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture, descendants of the victims of the Soviet repression and researchers of Soviet totalitarianism, the Stalin Museum will be transformed into the museum of victims of Stalinism. It can then introduce the visitors to the objective truth about the milestones of Stalinism”, said the Georgian Minister of Culture on 9 April.
The Joseph Stalin Museum has functioned in Gori since 10 November 1937. It has 47 thousand exhibit items from the times of the Premier of the Soviet Union. To this day, apart from the main building of the museum, one can visit a wooden hut of Stalin’s father, Besarion Dzhugashvili, a local shoemaker. There is also a monument of the dictator, which was moved from the central square in the city in 2010, and Stalin’s personal armour-plated railway carriage, in which he travelled to Yalta and Tehran Conferences among others.
Translated by Marta Lityńska