It has been exactly two years since I have been to the Republic of Georgia for the first time (for all those who wonder: yes there is actually a county called Georgia. It is located south of Russia, north of Turkey and Armenia, and west of Aserbaidshan. Famous Georgian: Josef Dschugashvili ?Stalin?). When I was here for the first time I got married to my husband Avtandil, a native Georgian now living in Germany.
Two years ago the country lay in ruins. The streets were full of wholes, electricity and water were not always available, the police men were corrupt and 40% of the population had left to search for better lives in far away countries. Everyone I met was complaining about president Shevardnadse whom they accused of corruption and nepotism.
Edvard Shevardnadse, the hero of the Perestroika, became the corrupted president of post soviet Georgia
Never would I have thought that change was so near. Only two month later Georgia became the first former soviet republic to rid itself off a corrupt post communist regime and Mikhail Saakashvili became the youngest state president ever in world history.
The ?Rose Revolution? was followed the next year by the overthrow of the Ukrainian regime called the ?Orange Revolution?. The former Georgian opposition played a big role in supporting the Ukrainians.
Of course I was anxious to see what had changed here.