Down But Not Out

KIRILL KALLINIKOV

Abkhaz troops prepare to fight a Georgian army currently being trained by the U.S

The leaders of the lush, beautiful Black Sea enclave of Abkhazia, without official recognition by any country and still in ruins after a bloody war of independence with Georgia 10 years ago, have a modest though eccentric dream: to become the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Marshall Islands, an associated state, living independently but under Moscow's protective wing. Russia shows no sign of sharing this dream, Abkhaz Prime Minister Anri Dzhergenia concedes. But right now Abkhazia has a more pressing problem: the threat of another war with Georgia. If that happens, Abkhaz officials say, blame the U.S. military advisers who will...

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