abkhazia, 2008
In the western end of Caucasus Mountains, the small enclave of Abkhazia is a geopolitical node important within the strategy and the energy politics of big powers. After being in limbo for almost two decades Abkhazia is still looking for an identity. Seventeen years of international isolation have pushed the region into a vicious circle of underdevelopment, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. It is a grey zone where organized crime thrives and youngsters dream of a way out. De facto independent from Georgia after the war of 1992 Abkhazia depends entirely on Russia‘s political and economic support for its survival. These come in exchange for Abkhazian‘s geopolitical surrender to Russia’s regional interests.