‘Zone of Fear’ A Meduza photo report on the territory bordering South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia’s Russian-occupied regions
Exactly 15 years ago, in August 2008, Russia invaded Georgia — Russian troops took the side of the “self-proclaimed republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” which were not completely under Tbilisi’s de facto control. The conflict only lasted five days — the Russian army drove Georgian troops out of the republics, achieved a favorable truce, and avoided international isolation. Since then, there has been a so-called “Zone of Fear” on the border between Georgian-controlled territory and the territory of occupied South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where there are around 70 villages and ten thousand residents. At Meduza’s request, photographer Vitaly Malyshev traveled to the “Zone of Fear” with volunteers from the Georgian project Lifeline.ge to see what marks the 2008 war has left on the area.