There’s just so much going on in the world and you never really hear about some of the little guys. Abkhazia is not recognised by any other country in the world. This is especially true of Georgia, from which is trying to establish its independence. Abkhazia held parliamentary elections yesterday, but this act has been denounced in Tbilisi.

Its absorption into Georgia is a relatively recent. It was unilaterally made a part of Georgia by Stalin in 1931. This led to attempts at ethnic obliteration, including changing the Abkhaz alphabet to a Georgian base, closure of Abkhazian schools and replacing them with Georgian schools, banning the Abkhaz language, you know, the usual stuff.

Because the head of Stalin’s secret police, Lavrentiy Beria, was a Georgian from Abkhazia, he had a special hatred from the Abkhaz. After World War II, he planned to deport the entire Abkhazian nation. Only his fall from power after the death of Stalin in 1953 prevented this.

Like Georgia, Abkhazia is an Orthodox Christian nation. It was evangelised by St Nino in the early 4th century. Having adopted the five-cross flag, maybe it’s time for Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to show a little more Christian charity.

In the meantime, I’ve added Abkhazia to my flags of unrecognised oppressed nations on the right.


2 Responses to Abkhazia

  1. Lilu says:

    hello, i remained very surprised after your note. and the i thought that if u added abkhazia to your flags fortunately it doesn’t mean a lot! the elections as u obviuosly know and if u don’t i’ll remember u, was held without partecipation of 250 000 georgian IDP that live in the hotels for 14 years, and georgians in Abkhazia live not after Stalin’s policy but they’ve lived there since the from the very begining. I’m sorry but it would be better is u read some hostiry books before writing your great ideas!

  2. Dave says:


    Thank you for your comments. I did not realise that 250,000 Georgians in Abkhazia did not participate. Were they denied the right to vote because they are Georgians? Would the Tbilisi government have recognised the Abkhazian vote if ethnic Georgians had voted?

    I have primarily relied on brief encyclopedia articles and journalistic pieces for information. If you would like to recommend some English-language books on the history of Abkhazia, I would be interested in them.

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