Debates on Rethinking Soviet Past

Public Debates on "Rethinking Soviet Past"

Stalin's photo

“For Georgians, Stalin is more of a national icon rather than a political ideal,” stated sociologist Iago Kachkachishvili with regard to his evaluation of his research results.

Stalin still evokes sympathy decades and generations later, as more time passes. What do schools teach pupils about Stalin, why does the new generation feel sympathy for Stalin’s image?


At the first convention of Soviet writers in 1934, Titsian Tabidze and Paolo Iashvili were strongly criticized. However, during this period their essays were also translated, events were organized in their honor, and their poems were widely read.

This discussion held at HBF’s South Caucasus Regional Office concerned archives. What is the knowledge that can be generated, or what is the knowledge preserved by, archives? How can researchers or regular citizens find information and read case materials? What are the problems regarding this issue in Georgia and Russia?

On Wednesday, 15 December 2010, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a public debate on “Coming to Terms with Georgia’s Soviet Past”.

Public debates have been dedicated to the presentation of a new book “Portraits of prisoners of ALZHIR: from the history of Stalinism” issued by the South Caucasus Regional Office of Heinrich Boell Foundation.