Life of Georgian diaspora in Belarus

Life of Georgian diaspora in Belarus

In spite of having Caucasian roots, these people consider Belarus to be their home. They found themselves in their favorite pastimes, built families and are successful at what they do. By the way, Georgian diaspora in Belarus is one of the largest.

Some seventeen years ago young Nikoloz Gorgodze came to Minsk from the Georgian capital. In Belarus he studied to be a doctor, and then decided to stay there for good. Today he is a successful oncologist and a practicing surgeon.

Nikoloz Gorgodze, oncology surgeon at N.N. Alexandrov National Cancer Centre of Belarus:
At the moment Belarus is at the head of the curve. The term “humane medicine” exists here. People get free medical service. You don’t have to ask yourself questions, whether the patient will be able to pay for his treatment or not. This is one of the main reasons why I decided to stay in Belarus.

Georgian roots make their presence felt, and being a real son of the Caucasus, doctor Gorgodze goes through life with songs.

Ketevan also sings native Georgian tunes. But the young lady does it professionally. Belarus has been her second home since the 1990’s. Her father is Georgian and her mum is from Belarus. She reckons that she is a Belarusian with a Georgian character. Ketevan follows traditions of both countries. She adores khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and khachapuri (Georgian cheese-pie), but at the same time doesn’t forget the smell of crisp draniks (traditional Belarusian potato pancakes) and Belarusian kulebyakas (pies with meat, fish or cabbage filling).

Ketevan Astratashvili:
My father focuses on our family knowing Georgian culture. Belarusian culture is amazing as well. It beckons me. I want to read and know everything about the past of Belarus. It is necessary for me to know it, because I live here.

The increased tourist flow proves the fact that Belarusian and Georgian cultures are both interesting. Tbilisi is one of the most popular tourist destinations among Belarusians, and it is not surprising.

Belarus and Georgia are like-minded. Just as Belarusians do, Georgians value and treasure warmth in their homes and with such warmth and hospitality they meet every person, who crosses the threshold of their house.

Liya Gakharia knows probably everything about meeting guests. Some 4 years ago she didn’t just create a restaurant of national cuisine, but a real Georgian house in Belarus.

Liya Gakharia, a restaurateur of Georgian cuisine:
I always say, that Georgians in Belarus have two motherlands. Whenever we propose a toast to motherland, we toast both Belarus and Georgia, because Belarus is a second home for Georgians.