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In Georgia, Stalin's Birthplace, A Divided Legacy


Gori, a small town in central Georgia, is best known as the birthplace of Ioseb Jughashvili, the man who would rule the Soviet Union for three decades under his adopted name, Josef Stalin. For many older Georgians, Stalin is still a source of national pride, revered as the most powerful Georgian in history and the main victor of World War II. But what do members of today’s young generation think? To find out, RFE/RL Georgian Service correspondent Goga Aptsiauri visited a tenth-grade class at Gori’s gymnasium (high school), located at the former seminary from which Stalin graduated in 1894.

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