Crumbling Buildings And Homemade Wine In Isolated Abkhazia
The breakaway region of Abkhazia has endured the chilling effects of a "frozen conflict" since the early 1990s, when it first sought to split from Georgia as that country was fighting for its own independence from the Soviet Union. Now guarded by Russian soldiers and recognized only by Russia and a handful of other states, the region is once again the source of renewed international tensions. Moscow has proposed a new treaty with Abkhazia, which Tbilisi views as a step toward full Russian annexation. Photographer Amos Chapple spent time in the region and captured these images of life in an isolated province.