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Stalin statue in Virginia a huge bust

Eastern Europeans in embassies and communities around the capital region are upset today that Virginia’s new D-Day memorial monument, unveiled in a ceremony this past week, contains a statue of the head of notorious Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Residents of Bedford, VA, were equally appalled when they found out about the statue, but now the ...

Eastern Europeans in embassies and communities around the capital region are upset today that Virginia’s new D-Day memorial monument, unveiled in a ceremony this past week, contains a statue of the head of notorious Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Residents of Bedford, VA, were equally appalled when they found out about the statue, but now the fallout has now reached official Washington. The Cable has heard from multiple embassy officials today that they are getting calls from their local communities complaining about the statue. It’s especially disconcerting to European diplomats, whose countries have spent decades scrubbing all traces of communist paraphernalia from their parks and public areas.

"I’m shocked as a European citizen and as a European diplomat," one embassy official said. "It’s shocking because this person was responsible for the deaths of millions of people."

For what it’s worth, the plaque underneath Stalin’s likeness is hardly a tribute to the late communist ruler.

"In memory of the tens of millions who died under Stalin’s rule and in tribute to all whose valor, fidelity, and sacrifice denied him and his successors victory in the cold war," it reads.

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