Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

In the Belarus Republic, there is a museum called the “Line of Stalin”. It is supported by the president of Belarus (as stated on their website) and they don’t curse Stalin here, they don’t praise him, but they glorify Stalin’s fortification system to protect the Soviet Union. So they have a monument of Stalin with flowers and wreaths, their official logo features Stalin in what looks to me to be a heroic image:

Heroic Stalin Museum

This place is located thirty kilometers from Minsk. An entry ticket costs some 3 euros.

Heroic Stalin Museum

This was one of the resistance areas, but Minsk was invaded by the Nazis very quickly and most of the objects of this Line were blown up, but some have still been preserved.

They started to restore the Line of Stalin nine years ago, the museum was finally opened by the 60th anniversary of Victory Day.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

“Soviet borders are sacred and inviolable”.

Heroic Stalin Museum

This place does not convey the tragedy of the past, it sooner resembles a historic-entertainment site, full of propaganda about brave soldiers, fearless partisans and inhuman fascism.

Heroic Stalin Museum

For an extra cost, one can shoot various weapons, have a quad ride, go for a spin in an armoured personnel carrier or even in a legendary T-34 tank, sail in a boat or taste soldier’s porridge.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Those who wish to may even have a company function here.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Just imagine those drunk smiling faces and full tables amidst such decorations.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Apart from this, they still have a lot to show there.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Interesting planes and helicopters, for example.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Anti-aircraft guns, missile systems, single-stage medium range ballistic missiles.

Heroic Stalin Museum

There are also nice samples of construction and loading equipment, and military structures here.

Heroic Stalin Museum

UAZ vehicles were a salvation on Russian mud-locked roads.

Heroic Stalin Museum

The richest part of the exhibition is devoted to tanks.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Self-propelled weapon “Pion”, self-propelled howitzer “Acacia”, cannon “Shilka”…

Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

And finally – the fortifications themselves.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Belorussians have restored them quite well.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Here you may feel you have come from the future to the past…

Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

Stands for visitors – VIP seats are under the roof.

Heroic Stalin Museum

Firing position.

Heroic Stalin Museum

They have a big collection of German, Polish, and Soviet armoured turrets from different places and periods of time.

Heroic Stalin Museum

The place is interesting for both adults and children.

Heroic Stalin Museum

At the same time the propagandistic aspect of the museum leaves no doubt that you are in the territory of a powerful dictatorial state with big military ambitions.

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More turrets..

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And more fortifications.

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Inside.

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19 thoughts on “Heroic Stalin Museum”

        • I’ll speak it. Bush the second and his unfunded mandates cost me my job, my health insurance, and all of my savings. Then Obama came along and destroyed the economy, wiping out a lot of small businesses with his crappy policies. American politicians can stink as hard on dry ice, as any other countries politicians can.

  1. Stalin signed a pact with Hitler and they were comrades. History is being re-written, however those of us who know the truth.

    • Tho Stalin did sign the pact with hitler that was only after the western allies refused assistance with Germany after the Germans annexed Austria and Czechoslovakia and violated the Treaty of Versailles i am not trying to justify all Stalin’s actions but he and Hitler were never “comrades”

  2. Huh, I guess Russia still won’t live up to its past? Still with the “glory of the Soviet Union”. Nothing about how more people died UNDER Stalin, than anything else?

    • Victims of Stalin slightly exaggerated) Totalitarian regime often destroys disagree, but nevertheless myths that in the Gulag hundred million sat absolute nonsense. Thousand and fifty and not more than this from the criminals.

  3. Its a nice and cool museum. I was there in the summer. You can even drive a tank ( BT-7, T-34.) And they have a functional Stug-III too 🙂

  4. The vital thing for me is to integrate the history from above with the history from below because only in that way can you show the true consequences of the decisions of Hitler or Stalin or whomever on the ordinary civilians caught up in the battle. Read more at http://www.augustagoldira.com

  5. It is very sad that so any people today in Russia still favor this man as a hero. He is proven as a man who had very bad judgement of many things.

    1. Killed Trotsky
    2. Stole testament addressed from Lenin to Soviet leadership
    3. Lysenkoism was his fault
    4. Selling of crops to the west when Ukrainian people had nothing to eat
    5. Took Spanish gold and provided very little support for Spanish Republicans and communists in return
    6. Abandoned Greek revolutionaires
    7. Threatened Tito and friendly Yugoslavia
    8. Changed concepts of Marxist Leninism and introduced his own modified theory as “original”
    9. Abandoned concept of World revolution introduced by Lenin and took Communism in one country approach
    10. And of course Great Purge of intellectuals and Red Army cadre which almost caused USSR to fall to Nazis

    Whoever knows few facts about this man knows that he was actually Okhrana agent. Not communist.

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