A new monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in Georgia has been vandalized hours after it was unveiled.
Unknown individuals overnight poured orange paint on the 2-meter statue in the town of Telavi, some 100 kilometers from the capital, Tbilisi.
It was erected and unveiled on September 1 by a local Stalin society next to a monument dedicated to soldiers who died during World War II.
In December, to mark the 134th anniversary of Stalin's birth, his hometown of Gori plans to reerect a statue that was removed by the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili in 2010.
Saakashvili led a campaign against monuments to the Georgia-born dictator, saying the country could not simultaneously host a museum for victims of Soviet occupation and monuments honoring those who carried out that occupation.
Based on reporting by Apsny.ge and Lenta.ru