Georgian communists commemorated the 139th birthday of Josef Stalin at a rally in the Soviet leader’s hometown of Gori on Thursday. Demonstrators marched through the city centre carrying portraits of the nation’s most famous son, as well as Soviet-era flags. Member of the United Communist Party of Georgia Temur Svanidze wanted symbols of the Stalinist period to be restored. “We have a claim... Еще, a claim from people, a working people, about re-installing a monument to Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin here in Gori, after it had been disloyally demolished seven years ago during Saakashvili regime”, he said. Stalin was born to a working-class family in Gori, later becoming a prominent figure in Georgia’s revolutionary scene.