Abkhazia

Considered as the pearl of the Black Sea, Abkhazia is a small haven that has not often been at peace. Source of lusts through the centuries, this State lost in the of Caucasus limbo is now developing with the help of the invasive Russia. Twenty kilometers from Sochi, which hosted the 2013 Winter Olympics, the "Russian Riviera" will continue to divide and to make people dream.

Text available by Anaïs Coignac.

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Abkhazia

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The Sukhum(i) beach
The parade rehearsal of twenty years of Abkhazia's independence take place in front of the former parliament of Sukhum(i) which was occupied and burnt by Georgians during the war.
A man walk in front of the Sukhum(i) train station which is under renovation.
A soldier before the commemoration of the 5th year of the recognition of Abkhazia by Russia
Two young girls along the seaside
A young boy on a bouncy castle on Sukhum(i) Beach.
Kids playing at a shooting game on Sukhum(i) Beach.
A statue of Lenine in the hall of the Amra Hotel in Gagra.
The facade of the famous Hotel Abkhazia; under renovation.
The Black Sea in Sukhum(i)
New Athos Monastery, one of the great tourist attractions in Abkhazia.
Sukhum(i) beach in the late afternoon.
Students of a military school, during the parade rehearsal of the commemoration of the twenty years of Abkhazia independence.
 A Russian tourist takes a bath with sulfurous water in a sanitarium in Gagra.
An Abkhaz senior in Sukhum(i) Beach.
At the Sukhum(i) mosque.
Wrestler in Gudauta. Wrestling is the national sport of Abkhazs.
 A lioness in Gagra which was bought for a zoo.
The wife of an ex-minister in her house of Sukhum(i)
Picture of a soldier, a georgian from Abkhazia, in the appartment of his father who lives now in Rustavi, a city in Tbilissi suburb. He died during the fight against the Abkhazs during the war between Abkhazia and Georgia.
A woman in Rustavi whose husband is an ex-dancer, a Georgian from Abkhazia, who fought against the Abkhazs during the war.
A Georgian from Abkhazia who fought against the Abkhazs during the war. He's an ex-dancer, and he's now a refugee living in Rustavi in Tblissi suburb.
A Georgian from Abkhazia. She was a refuge in Tblissi and has been moved to Rustavi, a city in Tbilissi suburb.
On the beach in Gagra. A boat comes take the tourists for an hour trip. The boat's captain was working on large fishing vessels in the past. Today, he renovated this boat and works for tourists.
Evening in Sukhum(i). Men meet and play draughts, chess and backgammon in this little square.
A wall of a former sports complex which was used as a training center for the athletes of USSR, in suburb of Sukhum(i) near Samvel's house.
A former sports complex which was used as training center for the athletes of USSR, in suburb of Sukhum(i) near Samvel's house.
A lake in New Athos.
The pool of a former sports complex which was used as training center for the athletes of USSR, in suburb of Sukhumi near Samvel's house.
Sanitarium in Gagra town where a few luxury establishments exist like this.
Tourists take photos in Sukhum(i) along the seaside.
Samvel, an Armenian who lives in Sukhumi, cuts a watermelon in his garden where he grows mandarins.
 Above the New Athos Monastery. The Russian tourists take photos in front of a former train station, closed down since the war.
Tourists on the Sukhum(i) Beach.
Inside a hote in Sukhum(i)
A wedding guest.
Bathes in a sanatorium in Gagra.
The Sukhum(i) beach.
A detail of an old photo of a traditional Abkhaz family
The beach in Gagra
Along the seaside in Sukhum(i)
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