Azerbaijan International

Winter 2001 (9.4)
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Personal Experiences - These Past Ten Years

Azer TalybovAzer Talybov
Without a doubt, if the Soviet Union had not collapsed, life would be much quieter, though much less interesting as well. The most difficult struggle has just been to survive - to exist - and to learn to take on considerably more responsibility for our personal lives. Leisure time - that's what I miss the most. To be sure, I don't miss having to think about and study Communist ideas.

This period has really been an ideological, political and economic revolution. I see three main problems: (1) the ideological problem stemming from the lack of a single, strong national idea; (2) the political problem of the geopolitical games that Russia and Iran play in the region; and (3) the economic problems stemming from rampant corruption.

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