Georgia Exposes Russian Barbarism

Alexei Pankin, writing in the Moscow Times:

It is difficult to imagine a greater joy than visiting Georgia.

Amazingly, the blood spilled in the Russia-Georgia war three years ago has not cooled the warm feelings that Georgians feel toward Russians, and that is the result of several centuries of living together in one nation. And because few Russians now visit the country — made worse by the fact that there are only three overpriced flights per week between Moscow and Tbilisi — those who do come are treated to an outpouring of the great love that Georgians feel for all Russians.

In Senaki, a town in western Georgia that saw fighting in August 2008, total strangers invited me to their home for dinner. They offered many toasts, sang songs in honor of the eternal friendship between our two countries and vowed not to let politics spoil that relationship.

A clerk at a small store off the beaten tourist path remarked: “You are the second Russian customer I’ve had today. That’s a good sign.” And it was the same way everywhere I traveled across Georgia.

It is not easy for a Russian to be a patriot in Georgia. Everyone in Georgia likes to blame Russia for the loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It is useless to offer the counterargument that the situation became irreversible in 1989-91 because nationalist leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia made serious efforts to deprive the Abkhaz and South Ossetians of autonomy.

The second problem is Russia’s visa policy, which is a huge irritation for Georgians. Many Georgians, especially the more elderly, studied, worked or have friends or relatives in Russia. And almost every one of them with whom I spoke had a horror story about being refused a Russian visa or the mountains of paperwork they had to complete to ultimately get an invitation and visa. In contrast, Russians visiting Georgia can obtain a visa in two or three minutes at the Tbilisi airport.

The main factor unifying Georgia and Russia today is their common past. This is a strong and deep relationship, but it can only be stretched so far.

Moreover, Georgia has essentially taken an official anti-Soviet stance. A Georgian presidential adviser on relations with the former Soviet republics told our group of Russian journalists that “life was hell for Georgians during the Soviet era.” This is utter nonsense for anyone who remembers the period from the 1960s to the early 1980s. But the target audience for that type of hyperbole is today’s Georgian youth, who have no recollection of the warm relations between Georgians and Russians during the Soviet period.

But Tbilisi’s anti-Russian propaganda aimed at the youth seems to be working. Some of the young Georgians I met held a contemptuous attitude toward Russia. Their position was: “We Georgians have created an honest police force and an effective government. We have largely eradicated crime and corruption. But you still can’t get your house in order.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t object.

Tbilisi’s pro-Western policy as well as Georgians’ traditional hospitality and creativity will no doubt win new friends to their cause. But it seems to me that Russia is not trying very hard to even maintain old friendships, much less build new ones.

22 responses to “Georgia Exposes Russian Barbarism

  1. I found a good documentary exposing Russian barbarism in Georgia. It’s one of the best videos I’ve seen. You can rent it for 24 hours by paying $1. You have to watch it.

  2. Do we have any pictures that show russian army eating the dog food…the russian army which is already 50% muslim and central asian – it would be great to see the slow, revolting desintegration of russia…what a fiendish pleasure indeed…..

  3. @Being a Georgian in the Soviet Union was totally awesome, especially during “the period from the 1960s to the early 1980s” (allegedly).

    Georgian citizens who suffered under Soviet repression will soon obtain the right to seek material damages through the courts. In early May, the Parliament started deliberating on a draft amendment to the Administrative Procedure Code of Georgia which will finally establish formal procedures for such compensation claims.
    The 1997 law recognizes as victims of political repression all Georgian citizens who were subjected to various forms of Soviet repression – death penalty, imprisonment, exile, forced psychiatric treatment and the like – between 1921 and 1990.

    • I wonder can Stalin and Beria receive compensation for material damages? Both were Georgian citizens, both alledgedly suffered from Soviet repressions in the end…

      • No, they weren’t “Georgian citizens” – they were traitors who worked for Moscow during the Russian-Bolshevik invasion of Georgia.

        • Oh, so then who is eligible for compensations? Those G. citizens that were *not* Soviet citizens?:) Non-communists?:) Half of the republic were communists, dude, and there were no such thing as “Georgian citizenship” without citizenship of the USSR, silly:))

      • Gee Dtard, given that Stalin is the 3rd greatest Russian of all time, and he is widely celebrated in Russia……

        • …and in Georgia too.

          • Nope, not at all, in fact he is detested by most Georgians, especially the youth of Georgia. He is considered a monster and a traitor.

            After all, they don’t have any monuments to him aside from the Stalin museum, which is going to be revised to talk about his crimes, and those of the Russian occupation of Georgia, and there is not a single public monument to him in the country

            Now aborigenus, compare that to the hundreds of monuments to him in Russia, including around 16 that have been put up since Putin came to power, including the “Stalin Hero Of Russia” Museum in Volgograd/Stalingrad, the hymn to Stalin that has been put up in the Moscow metro.

            • “Bla-bla-bla” level…And do not tell me what’s “in-fact” ))) I was there twice this summer…

              • You were where ape man? In Moscow?

                I live in Tbilisi, so I think I have a better idea of what is going on than you.

                As for Stalin loving Russians…..

                And now, half a century later, do the Russians still believe in his genius? There is no doubt that Stalin is back in vogue.

                More than a dozen new statues of Stalin have been erected in Russia in the recent past, in addition to the more than 200 that still existed in the country: in the Siberian diamond-mining town of Mirny, at High School No. 2 in Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains, and in the Siberian village of Kureika, where Stalin spent his exile under the czar.

                ‘Stalin Raised Us to Be Loyal’

                Once again, Moscow residents can read the phrase “Stalin raised us to be loyal to the nation” when they walk into the Kurskaya metro station in Moscow, where a frieze bearing the inscription has now been restored. And anyone who is interested can visit the website of notorious Stalin apologists or, in any bookstore, choose among dozens of works of lightweight Stalin literature, arranged next to the shelves of bestsellers, with titles like: “Stalin’s Great War,” “Stalin’s Terror: The Great Lie of the 20th Century” or the five-volume work “200 Legends About Stalin.”


                • Oh Andrew, nice to know *you* are speading this POV:)

                  • What, that Russian scum such as yourself worship an evil monster like Stalin?

                    Really Dtard, you are a waste of oxygen

                    • Andrew, your arguments are way too silly – even for a Mishist:))

                    • Nope, not a Mishist.

                      However, we know you are a Stalinist/Putinist, and that you are a cheerleader for ethnic cleansing, mass murder, and various war crimes.

                    • How come you’re not a Mishist? Then who do you support in a country where no other party is represented in any branch of power on a higher level?

                    • You’re referring to Russia, obviously. And no other party has EVER held power. What a backwards, barbaric state it is.

                    • Dtard, there are opposition parties in parliament, there would be more, but the “radical opposition” burnt their mandates and refused to sit in parliament.

                      Tell me, how are opposition parties represented at various levels in the Russian administration, oh that’s right, they aren’t.


    To to this web page and see the future of russia – it is truly tragic and prophetic sea of muslims – all of them from central asia – taking over russia. This is Georgia’s best revange…

    • Eugeny, you missed the most important element on russia; russia started desintegrating thanks to Polish Solidarity Movement in the early 1980ies – this process of desintegration NEVER stopped. It is still going on until every non-russian republic, every minority is set free. I cannot see the russian army [50% muslim and central asian] defend russia’s ‘imperial idiocy… So it has nothing to do with Georgia, and USA interest in South Caucasus…But is so nice to see russia humiliating itself in front of the whole world…..

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