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Flag of Abkhazia.png
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Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Sukhumi
Government Republic
Language [[Abkhaz, Russian]] (official)
President Raul Khajimba
Prime minister Beslan Butba
Area 3,344 sq mi
Population 2012 242,862
GDP $500 million
Currency Abkhazian apsar, Russian ruble

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.

Abkhazia has been recognized by five states: Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru[1] and Syria.[2]

see also Republic of Georgia