Georgia — the wealthiest Republic of the USSR
If someone doesn’t know this country, this guy is from there, Joseph Stalin:
In the USSR, Georgia was called “the laziest Republic of the Soviet Union”, as it produced nothing other than wine, citrus, tea, vegetables.
They produced everything what they could eat and drink to have joyful Caucasian life.
Georgia was the wealthiest Republic of the USSR, because it was simply “sponsored” by Kremlin with everything what they didn’t produce, they got all they needed for free.
Each citizen in the Soviet Union would think that Georgia is a heaven where everyone just dances and drinks wine the whole day:)
If you compare how much Georgia produced (numbers in yellow) and consumed (numbers in green) per person in such a superpower like USSR, you will understand how rich they were:
P.S Sorry, that it is in Russian, Georgia comes 8th (a white flag with a red cross). Numbers given in thousand of USD.
So while Russians in Moscow would see this in their markets in 80s:
Georgians in Tbilisi would see this:
But the happy life suddenly ended for Georgians after 1991 with the collapse of USSR, when they lost 80% of their economy and wealth, and haven’t been able to reach the level of Soviet Georgia till today.
And they got the war twice and lost 25% of own territory in 90s
Tbilisi (capital of Georgia), 1991.
But today it is a very beautiful, fastly developing country and I suggest to visit Georgia to everyone:)