What is your favorite ex-USSR country (excluding Russia, of course)?

Jun 2017
520
maine
Georgia--I find Georgian history to be compelling. I became interested when I was challenged by a clerk for not having brought proof of naturalization when I first applied for a passport (I was born in Georgia--USA). When I read how really fascinating that country's history is, I half wondered if my parents hadn't made a mistaken choice in geography.
 
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Jun 2013
505
Connecticut
The Ukraine. Historically it's as interesting as any place on earth. It's difficult and a challenge to study its history. No matter what era you dive in to, it seems to become exciting and convoluted. I'm definitely not an expert on Ukraine but in reading about their history I've come to a broad, very generalized, conclusion.
Firstly they have been an oppressed people. BUT in their quest for autonomy they seem to always side with a more evil faction than the one they're trying to escape.
 
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Apr 2018
979
Upland, Sweden
For obvious reasons as I have family there, Estonia. It's also a pretty well run place with underrated food - kind of one 1:6th Scandivian, 4:6ths German/Polish and 2:6ths Russian. While I don't consider myself Estonian I also can't help but feel a slight tug on the heartstrings when I see how good things overall seem to be going for them. Also they have "Kohuke":

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Besides Estonia I've been somewhat interested in the early history of Armenia for quite a while, and I've yet to try some wine from the Caucasus. If we are counting Eastern bloc countries overall and not just straight ex-USSR republics then I'd pick the Czech Republic. I really like the Czech Republic.
 

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May 2014
22,295
SoCal
For obvious reasons as I have family there, Estonia. It's also a pretty well run place with underrated food - kind of one 1:6th Scandivian, 4:6ths German/Polish and 2:6ths Russian. While I don't consider myself Estonian I also can't help but feel a slight tug on the heartstrings when I see how good things overall seem to be going for them. Also they have "Kohuke":

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Besides Estonia I've been somewhat interested in the early history of Armenia for quite a while, and I've yet to try some wine from the Caucasus. If we are counting Eastern bloc countries overall and not just straight ex-USSR republics then I'd pick the Czech Republic. I really like the Czech Republic.
I never went to Estonia. It does sound like a mini-Finland, though. :)

I actually have a great-aunt (maternal grandmother's younger sister) who lives in Estonia. She's ethnically Belarusian and speaks Russian, though--so she's definitely a minority there.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
22,295
SoCal
Mostly successful fight against corruption and bureaucracy;
Historically, almost total absence of antisemitism;
Very unique and intersting culture;
Amazing cuisine.
Good points. :)

BTW, Georgia also has some nice architecture and beaches, no? :)
 
Jul 2016
1,349
Dengie Peninsula
Slovenia, Ljubljana, The capital has a wonderful riverside walk. The caves at Postanya are worth a visit. A small train takes you about 3 km into the mountain , loads of tites and mites. If you ever want to remember which way stalagmites and stalactites go. Just remember the woman sitting on an anthill. The mites go up and the tights come down! There are blind Salamanders, deep in the mountain.
 
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robto

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Jun 2014
6,182
Lisbon, Portugal
Since I've been in China since 2016, I met probably more than a hundred people from Ex-Soviet countries, particularly from Central Asia and the Caucasus. It would be impossible for me to meet people from those countries if I continued to live in Portugal.

I don't know why, but Georgia seem to be one of my favorite, next to Ukraine.
 

Tulun

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Nov 2010
3,880
Western Eurasia
For obvious reasons as I have family there, Estonia. It's also a pretty well run place with underrated food - kind of one 1:6th Scandivian, 4:6ths German/Polish and 2:6ths Russian. While I don't consider myself Estonian I also can't help but feel a slight tug on the heartstrings when I see how good things overall seem to be going for them. Also they have "Kohuke":

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it looks like a local variant of syrok/сырок, it is originally a Soviet-Russian sweet made from curd cheese and covered with chocolate. One of the truly great legacy of the USSR. :D We also have a local version of it (called túró rudi in Hung) and everybody loves it here, although most people aren't aware of its origin from the SU :))