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Abkhazia: Coming Back To The 'Soviet Riviera'

Abkhazia is shunned by most of the world, so vacationers from Russia -- one of the few countries that recognizes the breakaway Georgian region's independence claim -- are a boon to its economy and self-image. The number of Russians visiting the lush coastal territory has been rising in recent years.


The beachfront in Abkhazia. 
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The beachfront in Abkhazia. 

Tourists taking photographs on the waterfront of Sukhumi. 
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Tourists taking photographs on the waterfront of Sukhumi. 

 A Lenin mural in the grounds of an old sanatorium. 
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 A Lenin mural in the grounds of an old sanatorium. 

A girl from Moscow inside one of Abkhazia's Soviet-era hotels. 
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A girl from Moscow inside one of Abkhazia's Soviet-era hotels. 

The bridge which separates Abkhazia and Georgia proper. 
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The bridge which separates Abkhazia and Georgia proper. 

A Russian father and daughter walking to the beach at Gagra. An abandoned building site is in the background. 
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A Russian father and daughter walking to the beach at Gagra. An abandoned building site is in the background. 

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