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Georgia's Russian component

2012-12-14 16:38

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In due time, many of the former USSR republics carried out a deliberate policy of "squeezing out" the Russian language. This process has not bypassed Georgia. The result is felt by the new generation: without knowledge of Russian young people cannot find a decent job. In this regard, the need to learn the language grows. And it can grow even more after Vladimir Putin's statement that for the citizens of post-Soviet countries who know the Russian it will be easier to obtain citizenship of the Russian Federation, the demand for which has always existed in Georgia.

Mikheil Saakashvili relied on the English language. To do this, the country invited a lot of volunteers to teach the youth fluent English. This language, in the opinion of still current Georgian president, was to be the main in the "tourist specialization" of Georgia.

However, the reality is that most of the guests visiting Georgia, are better in Russian language than in English. This applies not only to the citizens of the Russian Federation, but also to visitors from Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. And those Georgian citizens living or residing outside of Georgia have to use Russian more often, including even those who live in the West.

Here is a typical example: a resident of Tbilisi Zviad went to work in Germany. He almost did not know Russian, but having returned three years later, he was able to communicate freely. To the surprising questions about where he had learned to speak Russian so well, he replied: "In Germany, I mostly communicated in the Russian-speaking environment. It is difficult to find a common language with native Germans, and those with whom I communicated were "Russian Germans" from Kazakhstan. Eventually I had to learn the Russian language".

Those who after the collapse of the USSR did not bother themselves to teach their children the Russian language today are "biting elbows". Thus, the father of four children Vakhtang under Gamsakhurdia thought that break with Russia was forever, simply did not teach his four children the Russian, and even got rid of Russian books. Today he regrets - the children have grown up, they do not know the Russian, so they can't get good job.

Most of the employers require from the applicants the ability to communicate in Russian. In Batumi and Tbilisi, young person without the knowledge of the Russian language cannot get prestigious high-paying job. A manager or a salesman who cannot respond to questions in Russian, is unprofitable for company, since Russian-speaking clients and buyers would not contact to him.

Today the richest Georgians are often those who have made their fortune abroad; and a greater number of people have managed to do this in Russia than in the West, beginning with the prime minister of Bidzina Ivanishvili. They are used to communicate in Russian, so the Georgian business is trying to adjust to this.

Knowledge of Russian is considered prestigious in Georgia. If a person does not know Russian, it is a sure sign that he is from a remote village. All this creates a huge demand for "Russian tuition". People are seeking out old teachers of Russian language and ask them to teach their children. Of course, for a fee.

But, apparently, in the coming months we can expect a surge in demand for Russian in Georgia. And it will be linked with the upcoming changes in the migration policy of Russia.

As is known, the Russian rapidly developing economy feels lack of manpower in many areas. As a "reserve" there is considered post-Soviet states, where many people speak Russian, and the mentality of the population is largely similar to the mentality of the Russian population.

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