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.