New Stalin statue installed in Kirov is one of many

The 2000s saw a significant rise in Stalin monuments, newly erected or restored

On May 9, 2020, a monument to Stalin was inaugurated in the village of Demyanovo, Podosinovets district, northwest of the Kirov Region. Some of the villagers, as well as the district branch of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation donated money for the installation. According to the organizers, the statue marked the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The CPRF activists confirmed they were planning to build another Stalin monument in Kirov in the near future. 

Another Stalin statue in the Kirov Region was inaugurated in the village of Zonikha, Slobodskoy district a year before: on May 26, on the initiative of the Communists of Russia political party. 

The 2000s saw a significant rise in the installation – and restoration – of Stalin monuments. The drive comes from below, in the form of fundraising initiatives of individuals, or left political parties, or – not very often – local authorities. By now, there are 105 or more Stalin monuments in public places and on privately-owned territories, around one-third of them in North Caucasus. Modern monuments to Joseph Stalin tend to have a standardized look – a bust sculpture on a pedestal. 

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