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In Mariupol there is a statue of Zhdanov, the inscription of which reads "He was Good to His Mother". (Naturally, the inscription is in Russian.) I have been to Mariupol on two occasions and have personally seen this statue. It is one of the few remaining statues left over from the communist era. If I travel back to that area again in the near future I will be sure to have a photo taken. In the meantime, I would like to resubmit the text without fear that the Wikipedia Admin Overlord will remove it as vandalism. I would also point out that I was the originator of the Mariupol entry in the Wikipedia in the first place (on my other machine), but it is of no consequence... --Coreyjahns 04 March 2006 (UTC)
What about giving more relevant information about that famous statue, instead of the sarcastic graffiti? I'm sure you can find more info without even travelling back to Mariupol. Street? Sculptor? Perhaps some url? BTW, I admit that Zhdanov deserves the sarcasm, but I don't think it belongs in Wikipedia. --Filius Rosadis 20:56, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Where did you infer sarcasm? I meant none. I saw no sarcasm in the statue or, when speaking with others about it, ever heard a sarcastic tone or inflection used. Remember this is a different culture, with different values, than Western culture. Even a good Communist may well have had values or morals or ethics deeply rooted in the Orthodox Church. Additionally, your definition of graffiti differs from mine: this was the official inscription of the statue, not a scribbled sign of disrespect. Again, there was nothing in my text to, I believe, give you that impression. In closing, I would hope that the same person who removed my text from the article now reconsider the action, as I do really think the statue and inscription does indeed offer an insight into the character, if only a small insight, of the man. --Coreyjahns 07 March 2006 (UTC)