Georgia joined Russia of its own free will, which had a positive influence on its development.
Historical revisionism is a favorite method in pro-Kremlin disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/exploiting-commemorations/. Georgia did not join the Russian Empire of its own free will. In 1801 Russia annexed the Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti. Subsequently, Russia also annexed other kingdoms and principalities of Georgia. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/falsification-history-1801-georgia-joined-russia-its-own-free-will.