From RIA Novosti:
A monument to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin will be put up in the southeast Ukrainian city of Zaporozhie ahead of May 9 Victory Day celebrations, the head of the city’s Communist Party said on Thursday.
“A monument to Joseph Stalin…whose leadership led to the great victory over the Nazi invaders, will be put up in Zaporozhie at the request of World War II veterans,” Oleksandr Zubchevskyi said.
The statue will be guarded day and night to prevent attacks on it, he added.
He also said that a statue to Stalin would soon be erected in the capital, Kiev. He did not give further details.
The news comes after plans to decorate Moscow with billboards explaining Stalin’s role in World War Two ahead of Victory Day celebrations caused controversy in Russia.
However, a source in the organizing committee led by President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that there would be no images of Stalin during the celebrations.
During Stalin’s reign, millions of people across the U.S.S.R. were executed on false charges of espionage, sabotage and anti-Soviet propaganda or died of starvation, disease or exposure in labor camps.
I rarely quote this or other Russian state-owned news sources for their obvious Russo-centric bias, but this was the first news publication to break the story after receiving the news from Ukrainiana’s tweet.