Stalin Statue

Kazakh Villagers See Restored Stalin Statue Fall Again

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin stood tall for over six decades in the southern Kazakh village of Staryi Ikan before the five-meter statue was removed from its pedestal last year.

Then the bronze figure rose again — thanks to a loving restoration by admiring villagers who erected the statue in the backyard of a pensioner’s private home — only to be toppled one more time by local authorities.

The villagers — who voluntarily collected nearly $800 for cement, paint, other materials and instruments to repair the statue and spent 1 1/2 months working on it — are crying foul.