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Letter from Georgia

The would-be border between South Ossetia and Georgia is being entrenched. Will the Georgian government own up to its role in the war and help the displaced return home?

By Thomas de Waal   January 2009

Standing in the muddy farmyard, I couldn’t see the flag at first. Then the farmer pointed out a beige canvas tent perched on the bare hillside opposite and above it the white-blue-and-red tricolour. It was a new Russian military post.

Meghvriskhevi, a village in Georgia, has the misfortune to be on a somewhat surreal would-be international border. A mile away an Ossetian village named Grom now lies within the new, supposedly independent state of South Ossetia, recognised only by Russia and Nicaragua. The camp is a sign of Russian intent to score a black line across the map.

No one…

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