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In Soviet days, Abkhazia was a premier beach resort located in the area known as the Riviera of the Caucasus, northwest of Georgia. It seceded from Georgia during the fall of the USSR, resulting in a bloody war in which more than 10,000 people were killed. Since then, Abkhazia, with its population of about 100,000, has enjoyed 13 years of de facto independence, with its own forms of government; yet no other country acknowledges its existence. Abkhazia has not quite integrated into the new world order, yet it has also lost all the certainties of the Soviet era. Nonetheless, its Black Sea resorts attract a motley crew of vacationing Russians seeking discount deals.

SUKHUMI, Abkhazia—A beach, 2005.

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