Abkhazia - occupied, still beautiful (Photos)
08 February, 2019
Abkhazia - occupied, still beautiful (Photos)
Abkhazia is situated in the northwestern region of Georgia. It covers 8,660 square kilometers (3,340 sq mi) and has a population of around 240,000. Its capital is Sukhumi. There are plenty of places worth visiting in Abkhazia.
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Sea view (Nikita Schetko)

25 years ago Sukhumi, the capital city of Abkhazia fell – thousands of Georgians were forced to flee the city. On the 27th of September, thousands of people became internally displaced. Tens of thousands of people died in the war.
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Post-soviet emptiness 2015 (Denis Zeziukin) and Inside Sukhumi Railway Station (Reto Jeger)

On the 14th of August 1992, a military confrontation started in Abkhazia. In September 1993, the Abkhazian armed group (separatist forces) created by the Head of Abkhazia’s High Council Vladislav Ardzinba, violated the ceasefire agreement and opened fire on the National Guards of Georgia. The guards entered Abkhazia in order to protect the Sochi-Inguri part of Georgian railways.
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After the war (Alexander Ionov)
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Bridge over the Bzipi River (Mikhail Azarov)

The State Council of Georgia decided to send the National Guards to Abkhazia. The Abkhazian armed group confronted Georgia’s national Guards and war followed. Military action lasted for 13 months and 13 days and ended with the fall of Sokhumi on September 27, 1993.
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Sunny day at fall at mountains of Abkhazia (Alexey Fursov)
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Abandoned Factory and Inside Parliament Building Sukhumi ( Reto Jeger)

Throughout the war, Abkhaz forces were supported and represented by Russian air forces and soldiers. After the fall of Sukhumi, thousands of people fled the city by the sea, while the majority fled on foot through the Kodori gorge in the mountains, where many died of cold and hunger.
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Ruined resort (Roman Degtyarev)

As Georgia does not now have control over this territory, because it is an occupied territory, tourism to Abkhazia is illegal under Georgian law. This is because of a ruling by the Georgian government banning foreigners from entering the occupied territory without permission.
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Abandoned railway station Abkhazia (Pavel Shishkanov)

One reason for the ruling is the fact that Georgia cannot ensure the safety of tourists/visitors inside the disputed territory. However, the Abkhazian beaches on the Black Sea continue to be accessible for tourists coming from the Russian side of the Abkhazia–Russia border which again is not under Georgian control.
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Old Station (Roman Bugorsky) and Panteleimon church mural (Irina Ivanova)

Photo courtesy: Dato Nadiradze

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