Russian Statues – level 3
In Moscow, Russia, people unveiled the busts of past Soviet leaders, Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, who helped to create the USSR. They placed them next to other past Russian leaders, such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Tsar Nicolas II.
Stalin killed millions of Russians during the time that he led. People had mixed reactions about these new statues.
A Russian politician said that people should have their freedom of speech about these statues but ‘that history can’t be turned back’. One woman said that everyone knows the Stalin was a cruel man, and she does not feel that it is right to remember such people.
A man said that it was good to remember history as both good and bad with both the positive and negative parts. He said that history ‘happened and passed’.
Difficult words: unveil (show for the first time), bust (the head and upper body of a statue), USSR (the Soviet Union), tsar (Russian for ‘king’).
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