The 64-year-old woman spends much of her meager pension of 150 lari ($68) a month on medicine and has long lived off selling cheap jewelry at a flea market to tourists, mainly from Russia and Ukraine.
[…] the number of visitors is shrinking due to the economic crisis in those countries and people like her in this former Soviet republic are feeling the pain.
Georgia, a mountainous nation in the South Caucasus, relies heavily on wine exports and on tourists attracted to the mountains and beaches that for decades made the country a favored holiday destination for the Soviet elites.
There are fears …read more
Source: San Francisco Chronicle