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A statue of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is dismantled Friday in his hometown of Gori, 80 kilometres west of the Georgian capital Tbilisi. ((Associated Press/Gori Region Administration))

Authorities in Georgia tore down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin on Sunday.

The monument in the town of Tkibuli in western Georgia was taken down two days after authorities tore down a bigger and more famous monument to Stalin in his hometown of Gori.

Both statues were brought down in the middle of the night in an apparent bid to avoid protests and media attention.

Stalin was born to a modest family of cobblers in 1878. Both monuments in his honour were erected before his death in 1953.

The government says younger Georgians who have embraced Western ideals favour the dismantling of Stalin's monuments.

"A memorial to Stalin has no place in the Georgia of the 21st century," President Mikhail Saakashvili said Friday. Saakashvili's government said a memorial to the fallen in the Russian-Georgian war of 2008 will replace Stalin's statue in Gori.

Georgia's Culture Minister Nikolos Rurua said the government will also soon rename Georgian streets still carrying Stalin's name.

But Rurua said the body of Stalin's mother, which rests alongside the nation's most prominent figures, shouldn't be reburied as some in Georgia have suggested.

"The mother of Stalin carries no responsibility for what her dictator and tyrant son did to people," Rurua said on Imedi television Sunday. "Reburying her body isn't a good idea."

Stalin's mother, Keke Dzhugashvili, was born in 1858 to a peasant family in Gori and died in 1937. She was buried at the Mtatsminda Pantheon, a cemetery in Tbilisi where Georgia's writers and other cultural and public figures were buried.

The Western-leaning Saakashvili began a crackdown on Soviet-era monuments last December, when a massive Second World War memorial was torn down in Kutaisi, drawing protests from the Georgian opposition politicians and Russia.

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin laid a cornerstone to a smaller replica of the monument in Moscow last month.