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MAY 2009

Window On Eurasia: Might The US Recognize Abkhazia And Turn Moscow’s Victory Into Defeat?

posted by eagle on May, 2009 as Abkhazia


Window on Eurasia: Might the US Recognize Abkhazia and Turn Moscow’s Victory into Defeat?

Paul Goble

Vienna, May 6 – The United States and even more likely Turkey might change course, recognize the independence of Abkhazia, move to include both Abkhazia and Georgia into Western institutions like NATO and thus transform Moscow’s victory on the ground in August 2008 into a major geopolitical defeat, according to a Moscow analyst.
In what he acknowledges is a highly speculative article, Andrey Serenko, a political analyst at the Moscow Foundation for the Development of Information, argues that however improbable it may seem at present, the US and Turkey might recognize Abkhazia as part of a broader strategy of ousting Russia from the Caucasus (
And while the Moscow writer may be wrong both overall and in detail, his argument ...

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IWPR: Russia’s Gift Of Recognition Hurts Abkhaz Traders

posted by eagle on as Abkhazia

Russia’s Gift of Recognition Hurts Abkhaz Traders


Exports nosedive as an unintended consequence of Moscow’s diplomatic gesture of friendship.

By Anaid Gogorian in Sukhum (CRS No. 491, 1-May-09)

In rural districts of Abkhazia, many country folk say they have stopped going to the Psou checkpoint on the border with Russia.

This is because they know the Russian customs officers there won’t let them carry their farm produce across the border, as they used to. 

“Three days ago I went to the border,” said Alena Zotova from the village of Gandiadi, in Abkhazia’s Gagra district. 

“I wanted to cross over to Sochi to sell some stuff from my garden there. But they didn’t allow me to.”

Flowers are the only items that Abkhaz farmers can sell freely on the other side of the border.

Abkhazia’s frustrated farmers and market gardeners are victims of a ...

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