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Abkhazia not invited to the Sochi Winter Games

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The Russia-Abkhazia border checkpoint
The Russia-Abkhazia border checkpoint Dilin/Wikimedia Commons

This past month, the world's attention has been on Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Games. However, within sight of the bright lights in Sochi’s back yard lies Abkhazia, a tiny breakaway province in Georgia which fought a bloody war of secession more than 20 years ago. Since then, Abkhazia has remained in limbo. Mostly unrecognized as an independent state except for a few countries including its largest benefactor Russia, it was not invited to the forty billion euros Olympic party just up the road.