Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Stalin billboard goes up in Chelyabinsk to commemorate WWII victory

In honor of the 69th anniversary of the victory in World War II, the city of Chelyabinsk will be placing a large billboard of Joseph Stalin in the center of the city.

Organizers said the billboard will help pique interest in national history among citizens, AIF Chelyabinsk reports.

Alexander Zabachev, the coordinator of the Chelyabinsk branch of the movement, said that the billboard does not celebrate Stalinism. Instead, it will help ensure that the past is not forgotten and that objectionable periods of history do not disappear into oblivion.

The billboard will be located on Russian Street, which was known as Stalin Street prior to November 17, 1961. Stalin is directly associated in Russia with WWII victory, according to AIF Chelyabinsk.

Chelyabinsk is one of Russia's main industrial centers. It was home to mass industrialization in the 1930s, under Stalin's leadership.

Veterans from Magnitogorsk proposed that an area of the city be named in Stalin's honor in 2013, according to AIF Chelyabinsk.