Khrushchev’s Dacha

Still in Tbilisi (then flying to Baku first thing tomorrow morning).

I’d hoped that we would be on a helicopter trip up to the border with Chechnya this morning. Unfortunately the weather apparently doesn’t allow (though it’s OK down here). But it turned out that the people who own the helicopter are based in a dacha (summer house in the countryside) that used to belong to Khrushchev when he was leader of the Soviet Union. Ex-President Shevardnadze’s suitably palatial residence is next door. We stood on the balcony, sipping our coffee, speculating about who might have stood there before us, and what decisions they might have made.

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