Abkhazia is a region in western border of Russia and the Republic of Georgia, between the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains. The capital is Sukhumi, other popular tourist destination are Gagra and Pitsunda.
After The Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, the question was whether Georgia would use force to reassert its historic claims to the region. In 1992, war between Abkhazia and Georgia broke out. Russia sided with Abkhazia. After Abkhazian victory many Georgian were forced to leave Abkhazia. It has a population of roughly 200,000 people, consisting of Abkhazians, Georgians, Russians and Armenians.
see also Republic of Georgia