But there was always food available, but you couldn't always buy have what you were looking for. In there was always all kinds of food in the markets, altough more expensive than in the stores. Some people always had a bag in case they saw some food which was usually unavailable in the stores such as bananas. Today you can find anything you like, but many people are unable to buy it with their small salary.I myself remember empty shelves at food stores.
ok, I will try to find on the internet, what exactly do you want? That electrivity was reliable during Soviet-times (I think you know this yourself) or that electricity is unreliable these days?Source.
Yes (still so, that's what we usually did, asking for komnata in markets in regions we didn't know anyone), but hotels and sanatoria were more occupied than today as well in Georgia.tourism means that people would rent out houses from the locals.
They KNEW if they had enough food, electricity etc.As I said before - nobody knew anything back in USSR.
Maybe the roots thing, since I lived all my life in Western Europe?I don't really understand this Russian fascination of yours.
I know, I've been to Sverdlovsk, Vladikavkaz (not exactly the most wealthy region of Russia...) etc. And yes Russian life standard is still much lower than during the 80's, except in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg (hughe difference) but still compared to Georgia, uzbekistan or Ukrain Russians are well off. Belarussians have lower salaries than Russians but pay much less for everyday commodities while corruption and bribery is much less, so quality of life is generally better.As far as living standards in Russia - Moscow and St Petersbrg are definetly are not the only places in Russia. Have you been to lets say Voronez or may be Novosibirsk?
Well, everybody knew about the rostov-killer during the 80's for example...That's what Breznev said. In fact in USSR nobody knew anything. USSR had its shared of serial killers, pedophiles, natural and man-made diseasters and epidemics, political conflicts, prolonged violence within many of its lands - but you did not know about it.
That's true, but how many people were really homeless compared to today?Nobody kept track of anything including the number of those who were homeless or went hungry hence homelessness in USSR was strictly prohibited! It was not any different in Georgia.
I don't know, explain me.In USSR what would happen to a person if his flat would burn-down, for example? Do you think the government would give them a new apartment or housing? How was it done exactly - do you know?
I know, but it didn't escalate into a full-blown conflict.Or do you think the conflict in Chechnya, right down the street from Georgia, started yesterday? There were violent demonstrations and shootings in Chechnya since 1960s!!!!
Not everything, but my nephew served in the army near Baikonur and had some stories to tell, still what did you expect in a huge country like the Soviet Union with so many cultures and potential for problems? I never said the Soviet Union was perfect, but it was better than the current poor condition of most inhabitants and the worrying level of unequality, carelessness and corruption. But still there was a certain stability, discipline, and the general life quality was higher than today.My father, when in the army back in the mid-70s, was called upon to put down a violent armed revolt in some place in Khazakhstan!!!! According to my Dad a few hundred people were killed!!!! Did you ever hear of anything like that?!!!!
Also Russia (nor Georgia) is not a western country, never was and never will be, it's not really fair to compare it to France or the US, rather to countries such as Turkey. (likewise you can't compare Cuba to the US rather to other Caraibian countries)
By the way, I think corruption, arbitrariness and mismanagment was a big problem in the USSR (as in today's Russia and former Soviet Union), and that's the reason why the system collapsed, not because it was not sustainable. According to my parents corruption and mismanagement got the higher hand since the '70's, before that the Soviet-Union was rather a succes-story.