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The domino effect

Abkhazia wants independence. Could an ancient game help?

By Oliver Bullough   December 2011

“A sort of Abkhazian Riverdance”: the opening ceremony of the domino world championships in Sukhum, 16th October

Every one of the 277 players who visited Abkhazia for the three-day domino world championships in October was a criminal. By crossing the border from Russia, they were immediately liable to at least two years in a Georgian prison.

Abkhazia’s quarter of a million people live on a narrow strip of land between the Caucasus mountains and the Black Sea. The territory is called an independent country by Moscow, but part of Georgia by every other country in the world, bar five.…

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