Abkhazia - A forgotten Country

In 2008, when Russian tanks crossed Georgia's borders, 10,000 Russian soldiers were also moving into Abkhazia, another breakaway republic. A few weeks later Russia recognised both South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.Nationalists in Abkhazia have always underpinned claims for its independence, by citing a distinct history, culture and political identity. The West refused to accept these claims for autonomy and has now severed almost all relations with the breakaway Georgian state, though this seems only to have pushed the state deeper into Moscow's embrace and increased tensions in the region.What lies behind Abkhazia's bid for independence? And could it lead to another war and yet more pressure on Georgian President Saakashvili?

Part I

Part II