Stalin
28 October, 2010
Stalin

Joseph Stalin (1879-1953) features number 66 in Michael Hart’s controversial book ‘The 100 – a ranking of the most influential persons in history’. The author’s yardstick is influence, not the greatest people, but the most influential, the people who converted the destinies of millions of human beings, determined the rise and fall of civilizations, changed the course of history. Stalin’s is definitely one of those persistently formidable names.
The reading public all over the world knows

of tens of books of various shades and tones, telling the story of the fearsome Soviet dictator of the Georgian ethnic origin. Any reference book in the world will perpetuate him as a blood-sucking villain, posthumously hauling endless vituperations on him and emphasizing his turpitude and monstrosity. On the other hand, there are certain solid authors who would emphasize his uncanny ability to muster his chances and all kinds of attendant circumstances in his own favor and to the end of serving his long-run political objectives, qualifying him as a genius of a man. On the whole, most of the world treats him as a scoundrel, but at the same time sustains a certain suspicion that Stalin is very far from being an ordinary human being. Moreover, there are some people out there who would sweat over proving that Stalin was a strong man who had once created the greatest and the fairest country in history – the Soviet socialist empire with more merits than flaws, if judged correctly. This all means that Stalin remains one of the most controversial political figures ever whose notorious historical stand never stops being a subject of hot discussions, especially here in Georgia if not in the entire former Soviet domain. Why is that? Why his image can’t be digested once and for all and given to history, subject to reasonably intelligent final conclusions so that we all know where the line goes between actual truth and the bothering figments of our imagination. I could try to answer the question, restricting my attempt only to Russia and Georgia. Russia’s ‘love’ for Stalin and her nostalgia about his times and style is understandable. Old Joe gave Russia the power, weight and importance, the Russians had never known in the duration of their existence. The often-talked-about ‘Russian national pride’ was so carefully nurtured and endlessly enhanced by their beloved dictator that not too long ago the entire universe was shaking under Russia’s imposing presence thanks to him. This is exactly what Russia is fiercely striving for today – recapturing the lost awesome image. For a Georgian mind things are totally different. Most of them recognize that Stalin was not quite a piece of cake for them (as a matter of fact, one could even blame him in today’s territorial strife of the nation), but they take him as a kinsman, their own flesh and blood, whose vilification and denunciation goes clearly against the grain, as seen by a regular Georgian rank-and-file. Georgians don’t want to see Stalin as a bad guy. They want to be proud of him. You see, there are not many Georgians of the world-wide renown they could be terribly proud of. There is only one ethnic Georgian Stalin, and the world is tending to stigmatize him so roughly. I can understand why we feel so bad about this. It is also said that Joe was more Russian than Georgian, but will this help?  

Think about it!

Print
Other Stories
A new beginning
Our little darling GJ has done its good job and it is now leaving the public life arena as quietly as it had once come around eight years ago.
Left-hand, Right-hand...
Georgia has lately been flagrantly busy and obsessed with controversial talk about the right-hand-steering wheels
Always in Expectation
Georgia last felt stable, hopeful and unperturbed when the Soviet home of nations was still alive and kicking. As soon as the loud and hard-going Soviet collapse occurred
Named after Bush
Any time I am on my way to Tbilisi Airport together with another guest of mine, and pass the huge mural portrait of George
Remembering the Legend
The famous Georgian physician and scientist Joseph Zhordania would have turned 120 this year.
Impeach the Mayor? Then what?
It does not take excessive political qualification to know that democracy has turned out to be a complicated brain-twister
Rustavi 2
The current government got hold of the helm on a wave of promises to restore justice in the country, buried
What is it all about?
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Just in Denmark, not in Georgia! Aren’t we lucky that nothing
Perpetuity of Conflict
Here, the difference of opinion is perceived not as the knowledgeable and well-organized Western political culture would dictate.
Welfare & Politics
Beliefs, principles, dogmas, views, political affairs, etc. are not edibles to eat, although they are fed to people
Polit-Economic Paradox
That the Georgian historical lands are occupied by Russia is part of politics, and the fact that Georgia
Freedom of Speech
All of our governments of various periods in the last twenty-five years have been at a loss when it came to the relationships
Narushilovka
I cannot imagine an American policeman – unless I am totally ignorant of reality or utterly uninformed on the matter
Jansugh Charkviani ‘The Gorgeous Death’
Translated from Georgian by Nugzar B. Ruhadze
Flashes in the Pan
In the twentieth century, before the eyes of the civilized world, we appeal to the conscience of civilized nations and all honest people
Of Media, Freedom and Crossroads - M100 SANSSOUCI COLLOQUIUM 2015
”Satire must provoke shock” – declared Gerard Briard, editor-in-chief of the controversial French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo
Pursuing happiness...
Georgia has of course taken the human rights issue very seriously – and this tells on the life of this nation quite considerably
Forms of Hatred
Anything that the world is concerned about and is dwelling upon verbally or practically has become a subject of discourse in Georgia too.
Do’s & Don’ts
What a silly month of year August is when it comes to feeding ourselves with news. In August, don’t even bother
USSR & USA
The United States, left in the battlefield all by itself and without a worthy opponent, is feeling somewhat
'Make America Great Again'
The title of this editorial is copied from a presidential campaign slogan – behold, somebody wants to make America great all over again.
“Georgia will be better off with Trump in the White House than Obama”
Bill Thomas is an author and journalist in Washington who has written about politics for more than 20 years.
Electoral Preferences
Call them as you wish but ask of them as much as, for example, the American people are asking of senators and congressman of their choice!
Why so critical?
Why am I so critical towards my native Georgia, its habits and inclinations, its people and government, its means and ways, its behavior
Into & Beyond Politics
It was Georgia’s good luck that several years ago we won the title of the host country of the 13th Summer European Youth Olympic
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
23.09.2018
24.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6216
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340
3.9340
Other Stories
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6216
EUR
1
EUR
3.0854
GBP
1
GBP
3.4584
RUB
100
RUB
3.9340