“It was said that he wanted to go but thought better of it. Charkviani [senior] asked him to come to Tbilisi but [Stalin] said that if he were to go to Tbilisi, then people would say, ‘why didn’t you go to Tbilisi or Baku?’ He in his own way was afraid of public opinion,” Charkviani junior says.
The memoirist relates another example of this “fear.” “When the first volume of his collected works was published, it was issued in Russian. Charkviani [senior] asked to make one in Georgian, but [Stalin] refused, saying that ‘then all the republics would ask to put it out in their languages, in Uzbek or Armenian, for example.”
According to Charkviani [junior], “Stalin tried not to show any particular favoritism to the Georgians” lest he offend other nation or force them to try to compete.