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Stalin, a Georgian by origin and the man who gave Chiatura its cable cars, would hardly be happy with these views. He had a strong personal connection with the city when he was in his 20s, in the hectic days of the 1905 Russian Revolution. At that time, Chiatura was crucial for the Socialist revolt in the region – it was the home of 3,700 miners who worked 18-hour shifts in abominable conditions and were far from happy with their lives, or their bosses. The Mensheviks, the more moderate wing of the Socialist movement, and the radical Bolsheviks vied for the support of Chiatura's miners. The Bolshevik Stalin won them over, and turned the city into a centre of resistance, effectively forcing the mine owners to pay for the safety of themselves and of their property.