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Missing the USSR, Even in Georgia

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, a Georgia native, co-stars with Vladimir Lenin in this Georgian-language poster for the 30th anniversary of the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution.

It’s not uncommon to have a longing for a place you’ve never been. Still, it is a bit odd if this place is the Soviet Union. Nonetheless, some young Georgians appear to miss this country they’ve never seen.
 
Almost 270 Georgians, 28 years old or younger, told a CRRC survey this year that the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union was a bad thing for Georgia. At 11 percent of the nationally representative survey, these are people who have no memory or, in most cases, no experience of life in the Soviet Union.
 
The search for the individuals behind these numbers predictably leads to the town of Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and a hangout for diehard communists.

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Missing the USSR, Even in Georgia

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