RIA Novosti said Thursday despite demands for the monument from Communist Party members and World War II veterans, Irkutsk Mayor Yury Zabolyev confirmed there are no plans for such a statue.
"In January, Communist Party members held a rally and accused me of spitting on the history of the Soviet Union," Zabolyev said.
"But I believe that the erection of a Stalin statue would be, at the very least, an insult and a disrespect to the memory of the fallen heroes of the war. There will be no monument in Irkutsk while I am mayor," he added.
The mayor said instead of honoring Stalin, who died in 1953, his city could build a monument in honor of those mothers whose children died as soldiers during World War II, RIA Novosti reported.
"This would be a unifying monument for all World War Two veterans, showing respect to the mothers who gave birth to patriots," Zabolyev offered.
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