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Caucasus’ carcass
Wasn’t life better under USSR?
16/11/2006

C aucasus is heading fast to become the next Africa, in terms of being mineral and gas rich nation, yet plagued with corrupt and dictatorial leaders, near civil wars, perennial border disputes, complete failure of the state administrations (who was interested in its success anyway...) and most of the populace still living below the poverty line. Be it the Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, electoral frauds, prison revolt in Kyrgyzstan, complete disorientation in Turkmenistan, to the oppressive regime of Islom Karimov in Uzbekistan and Georgia’s conflict in Abkhazia... the Caucasus platter is full. For once, the US should understand that merely electing any de facto anti-Russian through manipulated elections does not necessarily make a democracy, which is more about the creation of institutional frameworks and regulatory authorities through economic, political and often arduous institutional reforms. US-backed Caucasus leaders have been allowed to run personal fiefdoms in the name of democracy, just for the sake of weakening the grip of Russia in Central Asia. Today, the utter destitution often makes many to dream of the heydays of the Soviet era. But if only dreams were realities... and socialism socialism... sigh!

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