Of the Two Would-Be Nations, Only Abkhazia Has any Chance of Making It as a Truly Sovereign State
Nauru, a Pacific island nation of just 11,000 people, this week
became the fourth country to recognize the independence of the
break-away Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. While
Russia was accused of buying Nauru’s loyalty with $50 million in aid,
South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity predicted some 10 other states
would soon follow Nauru’s example. So who else is prepared to take the
Russian shilling, and is Russia willing to pay?