Abkhazia is a partially recognized state in the North Caucasus, the Abkhazians name their homeland a “soul country". Having visited these lands several times we can describe it as a "lost paradise": it is a country frozen in time and still saturated with the Soviet era spirit surrounded with incredibly beautiful and unspoiled nature of the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. Ever since the Soviet Union collapse almost nothing has changed there, though destroyed buildings will remind the passed war for a long time.

Is Abkhazia an independent state or not?

After the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict in 1992-1993, the Abkhazian Republic declared its independence, but was recognized only by Russia, some “dependent” countries (Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru) and unrecognized states on the Post-Soviet territory: South Ossetia, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic. In fact, the international community still considers Abkhazia to be an occupied territory of the sovereign Georgia.

The war in Abkhazia claimed the lives of many people, even more people were made homeless and were forced to leave their homeland and all their property. Sadly, but such a beautiful country isn’t able to clean and freshen up itself after the war, so over more than twenty years Abkhazia still looks very poor and ravaged by time and nature.

The Abkhazia’s economy heavily depends on multibillion dollar investments from Russia which is annual non-repayable aid. Also, Russia is constructing in Abkhazia roads and other infrastructure, placing its military bases on the territory of the unrecognized republic. It is easy to imagine the Abkhazia’s economy future if Russia stops its help. It would resemble Cuba after the Soviet Union stopped its economic aid. As against Cuba, Abkhazia is of no interest for foreign tourists, it has no good infrastructure, no large-scale manufacturing, etc. If independent it won`t be able provide itself.

That`s enough about politics. Abkhazia is interesting for us for the spirit of the late Soviet Union coupled with stunningly beautiful untouched nature. So, let’s go for a trip to the Abkhazian land!

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