Today when we look at the former Soviet republics we see a great range of status. Human rights and development, freedom of the press, and economic growth all vary greatly between the former republics. Many systems exist to help quantify and rate the various state of affairs in countries across the world.
A common way to estimate the status of a country is through it’s GDP, or gross domestic product. This simple comparison tool easily shows the economic difference between former Soviet republics. Estonia, in particular, rises high when comparing GDP per capita at a healthy $19,719.8, #33 in the world. Tajikistan, however, sits at a low GDP per capita of $1,099. The economic difference alone is amazingly large (“GDP per Capita”, The World Bank).
However, not all success can be rated purely economically. The well-being of a country’s citizens also play an important role in deciding how strong a country is. The Human Development Index summariz...
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... and living standards and cry that shock therapy was a mistake have failed to properly look into the statistics. The drop-off, he argues, was there before the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It’s not that unemployment and productivity have suddenly gotten worse, it’s that the skewed statistics of the Soviet Union are finally being corrected (Kraljic, 74).
The social issues each country faced also worked against their recovery. Estonia struggled to contain the growing tension between native Estonians and the remaining Russians, who dominated the urban areas (Iwaskiw, 31). Where Estonia barely managed to control the tension and calm those who continued to worry about the Russians taking over their country, Tajikistan fell almost immediately into a civil war. This civil war lasted until 1994, and made recovery during that time period virtually impossible (Curtis, 270).
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