Head of Human Rights Council criticizes Stalin proposals

posted 9 Feb 2015, 05:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Feb 2015, 05:50 ]
6 February 2015

Source: HRO.org (info
The chair of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, has offered the information agency Interfax his comments on the Russian Communist Party's proposals to change the name of Volgograd to ‘Stalingrad’ and erect a monument to Stalin in Moscow.

"I've no doubt the campaign is in aid of Victory Day, but it overlooks the simple truth: Victory was won by the great heroism of a whole nation. To reduce it all to one person would, in the very least, be unfair to those who shed blood on the front lines and laboured heroically on the home front," said Mikhail Fedotov.

In his opinion, such ideas divert attention from the real problems currently facing Russia.

"It pains me deeply that they keep on proposing something that we have already discussed and vetoed many times before. Let's come up with something new! It's the same old thing: renaming Volgograd ‘Stalingrad’, returning the Dzerzhinsky monument to Lubyanka Square. Is there really nothing left to do in the country?” said the chair of the Council. "We call on all serving politicians to address the real problems facing the country. They cannot just go over the same subjects all the time. There are many actual problems facing the country, in the economy, society and international relations. Go and sort those out!".

According to media reports, Duma deputies from the Russian Communist Party have drafted an appeal to President Vladimir Putin to consider giving Volgograd its former name of ‘Stalingrad’. They also wish to rename one of Moscow's central squares ‘Stalingrad Square’, and then install a monument to Generalissimo Josef Stalin on it. The document is due to be submitted to the State Duma for consideration during plenary week, which begins on 16 February.

Source: The Council for Civil Society and Human Rights 

Translated by Lindsay Munford