Words praising Stalin reinstated in Moscow metro


Memorial has addressed an open letter to the Mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov demanding a public investigation into the reinstatement on 25 August of a text praising Joseph Stalin inside the Kurskaya metro station. It calls the action “a grave insult to Moscow, it’s residents and to the entire Russian people… It is spitting on the graves of those people he murdered, among whom were tens of thousands of Muscovites.”

“To this day full lists have not been published of the Muscovite victims of the communist regime, yet the capital’s metro representatives are already hurrying to immortalize the name of their executioner.

The very words “Stalin raised us to be true to the people” should not be tolerated in a democratic country. Such phases appear only under a dictatorship.

The lines praising the tyrant were removed on the orders of his own communist party back in the 1950s when not even a tenth of his crimes were known. Now the entire world will assess the direction our country is developing in by the fact that the present authorities, if not of the country altogether, then at least of Moscow, are ready yet again to publicly glorify the name of one of the main criminals of the twentieth century.

We would not like to think that you knew about this disgraceful act.

We demand that the shameful inscription be removed immediately.

We demand an immediate public enquiry into who took this appalling decision and on what grounds.

The letter is from both Memorial and Moscow Memorial.

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