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Region of georgian poverty2011-06-20 21:59
Does the «Georgian democracy» really exist, or is it the same myth as «steady economic growth» and the general prosperity of Sakartvelo? What are Mikhail Saakashvili's promises and initiatives worth for ordinary citizens? Does modern Georgian have anything to be proud of? The GeorgiaTimes correspondent continued learning how the Georgian province lives.
Georgian democracy is meant «for export» just as the beauty of central Tbilisi. Making a step aside one sees all illusions collapse before one's eyes. Where foreign tourist never sets foot the usual authoritative violence flourishes, as the authorities abhor any competitors.
- My son has been expelled from university, - an elderly guide of a provincial museum told me in a low voice. - Because he communicated with the opposition, took part in their activities...
The museum is empty and resounding; there is nobody except me, the guide and the ticket woman. The guide leads me around the halls, speaking on the exhibits as if an entire group were following her. But I am interested not only in the portraits and the displayed utensils.
- How do you live here, in the province? Saakashvili has promised to increase salaries, hasn't he?
And I can see your eyes filling with tears and her lips start twitching.
- Increase salaries? - She asks in a high-pitched voice, no more professional but trembling. - My salary is 118 lari. You know... it is enough for two-three days.
She comports herself, takes courage: she would obviously not like to cry before a rare guest in their abandoned museum.
- And what if you change your work?
- What for? - The woman asks desperately. - There is no work here.
One can hardly take it in: a whole country, such a good field for industrious hands, and no work at all. And no money, either.
- But so many houses are being built in your country now...
- They are, - says the woman bitterly. - But what does it give us? They don't change anything for us.