I asked several people in Georgia, our driver included. What are their feelings of today's life. What do they think about the Russians and mainly what do they think about the Soviet Union Years.
Most of them (100% of the older ones), replied without hesitation: "It was better during the soviet years, we had free time, we had work, we did not have luxuries but we had food and we had no worries. Education and medical care was free. Now we have nothing of these and we struggle to have a decent life".
One of them told me: "Look at all these theaters and culture venues which are closed today! All these were full of people every day, because tickets were affordable even for the working class and in addition people had the education/culture to value performing arts". Today, of course there is culture, but it is available only to the few".
Our driver told me (as we drove in the countryside): "You see all these people just sitting outside their houses? They are all old people having nothing to do. All young people have left to find a job in Tbilisi or abroad. The countryside is dying: there is no one to pick up the fruit of the trees, or work the land".
I do not want to be accused of trying to glorify the Soviet Era, because certainly this is not my intention. But, all the people I asked were working people, people that I came in contact during my humble stay: waiters, drivers, hotel employees, street vendors. I did not have the opportunity (you see I am a budget traveler) to contact reach and privileged people, who had the opportunity to do well after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Besides, I am not really interested to them.
Maybe there is one more reason for getting these answers: Georgia used to be a privileged State in the Union. Both heavy Industry and agriculture were very advanced and enough to feed the locals and export to the rest of the Union. I am sure the golden son of Georgia had something to do with this.