Refugees in Their Own Country
“Hotel Kartli, as Salakaia’s current home is called—even though it hasn’t been a hotel for many decades—houses roughly 300 families uprooted by war more than two decades ago.
In 1992, in the chaotic aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the western region of Abkhazia, a 3,000-square-mile chunk of land along the Black Sea, declared independence from Georgia. Over the next 13 months, battles raged between Georgian and Russian-backed Abkhaz forces, devastating the resort region. Some 300,000 ethnic Georgians, including Salakaia and his family, were forced out of their homes.
Kartli sits on the edges of a man-made reservoir, a 20-minute taxi ride from the bustle of downtown Tbilisi, but feels much farther away. In Tbilisi’s city center, commuters jostle their way onto the metro and young people crowd into smoky cafes serving artisanal teas.”
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Russia Escalates Spy Games After Years of U.S. Neglect
Ali Watkins | POLITICO
“It’s a trend that has led intelligence officials to conclude the Kremlin is waging a quiet effort to map the United States’ telecommunications infrastructure, perhaps preparing for an opportunity to disrupt it. ‘Half the time they’re never confronted,’ the official, who declined to be identified discussing intelligence matters, said of the incidents. ‘We assume they’re mapping our infrastructure.’