So Much for Soviet-Era Azerbaijani Glory in Mexico City

Apparently, those looking for Stalin-esque statues of Soviet-era figures are going to have to look somewhere other than city parks in Mexico City :

A commission of intellectuals recommended Friday that Mexico City’s government remove a life-size bronze statue of Azerbaijan’s former president that provoked a storm of criticism after it was installed on the capital’s main boulevard. […]

The statue was erected by the Azerbaijani Embassy, which paid for the renovation of part of the city park where it sits and other public works totaling about $5 million.

The commission of three writers and analysts appointed by the city government said authorities erred by accepting money to allow a foreign government to essentially decide which political figures or historic events should be commemorated in the capital’s public spaces.

Shockingly, corrupt ex-KGB officials who become presidents may not be the best representatives of those “loyal to the universal ideals of world peace.”

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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