Abkhazia Gallery

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Gal
Gal

Front line in the war with Georgia, much of Gali still lies in ruins

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Gal
Gal

Not a town to get stuck in at night, this scrap metal collector's far pocket bulged with a handgun

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Kialasur
Kialasur

You can't beat a Soviet bus stop

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Sinop
Sinop

Derelict pier on the Black Sea Riviera

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Sukhum
Sukhum

In this highly militarised land, monuments to the war dead abound

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Abandoned Soviet-era building on the Sukhum seafront

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Shoreline of the Abkhaz capital as seen from the burnt-out pier

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Sukhum
Sukhum

A placard of Lenin haunts a seafront park

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Dilapidated block of flats, used by a guidebook as a landmark

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Sukhum
Sukhum

An opportunity to be serenaded Abkhaz style

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Sukhum
Sukhum

A Soviet era statue of heftily-built, scantily-clad women stood in front of the half burnt-out Hotel Abkhazia. When I searched the internet for the place, the only listing I could find detailed the building as the “Ministry of Corrections,” which explained a lot

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Covered in Led Zeppelin and Motorhead graffiti, the upper deck of the burnt-out pier erratically opened as a bar

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Party amidst the ruins; Russian holidaymakers on the Black Sea Riviera

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Rusting statue on the promenade of a girl with a gramophone

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Shell of the former parliament building, where in September 1993, Abkhaz fighters backed by Chechens and Circassian mercenaries with Russian weaponry killed the remaining Georgian parliamentarians

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Sukhum
Sukhum

Old men playing checkers on the promenade shortly before curfew

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Novy Afon
Novy Afon

The monastery at Novy Afon, founded by Russian monks during the Nineteenth Century

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Novy Afon
Novy Afon

Stalactites in the vast underground cave network, a big hit with Russian tourists

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Novy Afon
Novy Afon

Stalacmites in the underground cave network

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Ochamchira
Ochamchira

Eerie crumbling statue on the seafront at Ochamchira

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Ochamchira
Ochamchira

Having had a large ethnically Georgian population before the first Abkhaz War in 1992, 60% of the buildings in Ochamchira remain derelict

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Ochamchira
Ochamchira

Ochamchira Vokzal. With most of the track and overhead lines from here to the border with Georgia having been looted, the station remains abandoned

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Ochamchira
Ochamchira

The waiting room at Ochamchira Vokzal

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Ochamchira
Ochamchira

With all industry in the town having long since shut down, the derelict Oil Extraction Plant is one of numerous abandoned factories

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All images copyright Stephen M. Bland