What do people remember from the ‘90s? In social networks, the generation of the ‘90s reflects their memories, fragments of stories, the socio-political life.
So, Ilkin Alisoy, 29, says that time is considered very poor, but at the same time, happy. "In the '90s we had more freedom and modernity, the mind and the level of people’s intelligence was different. The people in the ‘90s were much more modern and open than it is today "
Tural Gurbanli, a 26 year-old journalist, remembers how rare it was to see someone in the jeans, in the city center, he says, “everybody was speaking in Russian, the first four buttons on the t-shirts of men walking along the boulevard were open.”
Another active Internet user, Fuad Èminov, also calls this period more interesting. He said that the society was more politicized. The enthusiasm of the ‘80s was felt until the end of ‘98s. In politics, there was more freedom. The parliament was built more on pluralism. Such a big monopoly, as it is today, was not in the economy. “he economic level of the people was much lower than today, but the trends such as ‘to take a loan in order to have an Iphone’ did not exist”.
Housewife Rena Shalbuz, 27, remembers the ‘90s. "Though, I was a little girl, I remember clearly the queue for bread. I remember the crafts for all women; all sewed at homes. I remember the delicious cakes of our mothers. Yes, not only baking but home Dutch cheeses, candies, delicacies. I remember my high-quality Soviet toys,that passed from generation to generation. I remember the news about the war and speeches of Elchibey ( the second president of Azerbaijan). They were on black and white televisions without remote controls. And women with perm hairstyles".
Farida Mamedova, 32 years old, a housewife, associates the ‘90s with dark and unpleasant memories. "There was shooting, fear, pressure on Russian-speaking people, agitation near the school in order not to send them to the Russian sector. It became easier when the borders were opened; local production has given way to “komissionka” (small private shops). Then, the privatization of objects and checks".
Kamran Makhmudov, a freelance journalist, says that in every sense of the word, it was a transition period. "From a period of occupation, it switched to independence. The economy became privatized. Everyone thought that it is a democratic period, you can do anything you want. Young people think that life is westernized the way, which was shown to us in the soap operas. Watching the Turkish and Brazilian TV series, they were trying to be like them. Both in clothing and in lifestyle. It was poverty. But there was hope, faith and spirit. Everyone tried to support each other. There was only one concern, war and and bread to eat."