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Russia invaded Georgia partly to help maintain the loyalty of its own southern republics

By Daniel J Gerstle   August 2008

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According to Russia, up to 2,000 people have died in the Russo-Georgia conflict and 30,000 have been displaced in South Ossetia. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that the crisis may have created as many as 100,000 refugees across Georgia.

The conflict has its roots not only in South Ossetia, where the fighting began last week, but also over the Caucasus mountain border in the southern Russian republics, primarily North Ossetia. According to Russian news agencies, Russia’s federal and interior forces—including those of the southern republics North Ossetia,…

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