""Stalin is a business for them," he told me casually, referring to Gori's citizens. "What else do they have? Stalin was the only one in town who made it big. Gori reflects the collapse of living standards in Georgia since the late 1980s. It represents all the people who are not able to compete in a cruel economy or who were not positioned to make quick wealth when the system collapsed. Now we have a new wealthy class that doesn't care about culture, science, or anything except money and pleasure, and spends too much at the new casinos and on fancy cars, while the rest of the population is unprotected, exposed. Stalin represents nostalgia for those who can imagine nothing better than the security of the Communist era.""
Reference: Kaplan, Robert D. 2000. Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. New York: Random House. Page 253.