For several years I am going to the russian orthodox church in Tbilisi. It’s a small church in the centre of the capital with Georgian and Russian priests and believers. Have you ever heared a liturgy in Russian and Georgian languages during one messa? I have and lots of other Georgians and Russians either, every week…. Looking at them, everybody praying in their languages for peace between orthodox Russia and orthodox Georgia, I am thinking of reasons why Russians (not all of them of course) hate Georgians and why did we come to this point….
Everything has some human roots…
Just found the words of John Steinbeck: “The people of Georgia seemed to us more relaxed than any we had seen so far, relaxed, and fierce, and full of joy. And perhaps this why the Russians admire them so. Perhaps this is the way they would like to be."(A Russian Journal)
May be he is right…..
Sometimes I am impressed how easily Russia makes enemies then friends…..
"An intimate past and bitter present make it hard for Russians and Georgians to live as neighbours but impossible to separate completely", says Donald Rayfield.*
When an opinion poll earlier this year asked Russians what the population of Georgia was, the majority of respondents guessed 30 million. The truth is that it is little more than 4.5 million. Russia, as Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, observed on 3 October, is becoming victim of its own propaganda. *
So what is it about Russia’s tiny southern neighbour that drives the world’s largest country to teeth-gnashing distraction? How to explain the visceral hatred of Georgia that daily fills the Russian media? The question asked at opedemocracy.net. The author seeks an answer deep in the psychology of Russia and indeed it’s true. Everything is connected with deep sense of betrayal. Russia feels like a lover jilted: Georgia found another lover. It is hard to overstate the affection that generations of Russians have held for Georgia, continues the author of opendemocracy.net. It was truly the exotic, romantic land "that theirs could never be; its women were beautiful, its men dashing, its mountains soaring and its wines intoxicating. Georgians were poets and lovers (and dictators too) and could get away with anything."
Russia thought the love was shared. Now it seeks revenge…..
Just imagine Georgia was the only non-slavonic, ex-soviet country being friendly with Russia, but…… making friends is difficult, loosing them is super easy …..
* Donald Rayfield (born 1942) is professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London. He is an author of books about Russian and Georgian literature, and about Joseph Stalin and his secret police. He is also a series editor for books about Russian writers and intelligentsia.