The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, last week told the Partliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that he was "not aware of efforts to build a monument to Stalin" in Ukraine, "although there had been an example of a bust being built in the garden of an office in Zaporizhia".

Could the President really not have known?  How is it, for example, that we knew here in London about the Zaporizhia project a while ago and are aware that plans are afoot to place another monument to Stalin in Odessa?  Perhaps someone ought to tell the President...

Unfortunately, the "bust" he referred to is not really a "bust" at all (ie sculpture of just head and shoulders).  It looks more like a half statue of Stalin in military uniform.  Total height - about 3 metres.  It was officially opened today (not in a "garden" but) in front of the communist party's regional HQ in Zaporizhia to the sound of the Soviet anthem. According to UNIAN, some 1000 sympathisers attended. 

Why is this important? 

Simple!  Stalin was one of the world's most ruthless dictators.  Millions of innocent people died because of him.  There should be no place anywhere in the world for his statues.

Perhaps someone ought to tell the President...

Perhaps we should all write to him... via the Ukrainian Embassy...  write in any language... but tell him!  And if you do write, don’t forget to copy in Mme Anne Brasseur MEP, who asked him the question last week in the PACE.


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