Haunting Images of Abkhazia

by Joshua Foust on 4/3/2007 · 3 comments

Broken Abkhazia

One of Georgia’s two famous breakaway provinces appears to have fallen into terrible disrepair. This is, unfortunately, one consequence of fierce and occasionally violent separatism: underinvestment. It is also a sign of Georgia’s underinvestment—a big reason, I think, there seems to be a sort of social or political feedback loop.

Of course, Russia isn’t helpful when it comes to the region’s fate. Then again, in recent months Saakashivili hasn’t been very helpful either. In either case, this gallery is fascinating, beautiful, and morose.

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Lyndon April 4, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Credit where credit is due – these photos were originally posted here – http://cyxymu.livejournal.com/176179.html – a Russian-language LJ with a lot of great content about Abkhazia. English Russia is forever posting images without reference to their original location.

Joshua Foust April 4, 2007 at 5:05 pm

I didn’t realize they were filched, but the links have been updated.

Levan April 5, 2007 at 3:53 am

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