In May 2006 I spent some time in Georgia, a former Soviet republic on the eastern edge of Europe. I have happy memories of places like Batumi, Kazbegi, Kutaisi, and Tbilisi. Little was I to know that just two years later, Russia and Georgia would go to war. While in Georgia, I visited the famous Stalin Museum in Gori, the hometown of Josef Stalin himself. At that time a large statue of Stalin stood on Gori’s main square and Stalin vodka was the toast of the town. The label I soaked off a bottle appears above.