Soso Mtskeradze worked for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on plans for economic rehabilitation for the region around Tskhinvali, South Ossetia's main town. In the wake of the war these plans fell apart, and he lost his job. He was born in 1974. He lives in Gori, which was the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator.
My father was an actor and my mother a mathematician. They are Georgian and they came from the village of Dvani, which lies right on the border of what was then the Soviet oblast of South Ossetia.
I grew up in Gori, which is nearby, but I was born in Tskhinvali, the oblast's main town. Actually, I was born there by chance. My mother just happened to be visiting her sister and then I arrived!
My school was right opposite the Stalin museum and the house where he was born, which is preserved. Sometimes our school took us on visits there and the guide would explain things to us, but they never said bad things about him. There were also quite a few foreigners who came to visit the museum