: In Russia's ‘Frozen Zone,' a creeping border with Georgia - NYTimes

18:50 Oct. 25, 2016

In Russia's ‘Frozen Zone,' a creeping border with Georgia - NYTimes

A Georgian police officer guards the border with Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia (AP Photo)

Shaky border between Russia and Georgia becomes more uncertain

Marked in places with barbed wire laid at night, in others by the sudden appearance of green signs declaring the start of a "state border" and elsewhere by the arrival of bulldozers, the reach of Russia keeps inching forward into Georgia with ever more ingenious markings of a frontier that only Russia and three other states recognize as real.

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But while dismissed by most of the world as a make-believe border, the dirt track now running through this tiny Georgian village nonetheless means that Vephivia Tatiashvili can no longer go to his three-story house because it sits on land now patrolled by Russian border guards.

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That track marks the world's newest and perhaps oddest international frontier — the elastic boundary between Georgian-controlled land and the Republic of South Ossetia, a self-proclaimed breakaway state financed, defended and controlled by Moscow.

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