Skip to comments.Russian City Installs Memorial to North Korea’s Kim Jong Il
Posted on 09/12/2019 2:20:45 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
The city of Novosibirsk in Siberia has unveiled a memorial plaque Friday honoring Kim Jong Il, the father and predecessor of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim, who led the secretive state until his death in 2011, visited the Russian city on Aug. 11, 2001, after talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. A youth talent foundation marked Kims visit with the plaque ahead of Novosibirsk conservatory students trip to North Korea on Friday.
Kims visit to Novosibirsk was an unconventional event in the life of the city, said Novosibirsk Mayor Anatoly Lokot.
We supported the initiative to install the plaque at the Novosibirsk metro to record this date in the history of Novosibirsk, Lokot said at the opening.
He also highlighted Novosibirsk native Yakov Novichenko, who in 1946 saved Kims father and the first leader of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, by flinging himself on a thrown grenade in Pyongyang.
A senior North Korean diplomat who attended the ceremony called the plaques installation a key moment in the glorification of our leaders accomplishments in developing Korean-Russian relations.
Earlier this year, a controversial sculpture of Soviet leader Josef Stalin was unveiled in Novosibirsk, Russia's third-largest city.
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Odd that young Russians would honor a leader who starved his people.
Both times I was stationed in Korea he was merely the heir apparent, not the leader. We’d hear occasional stories of him crashing expensive cars and other wild goings-on.
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