Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sadness And Now Maybe Some Money [But Deferred Beauty] In The Former Jewels In The Crown Of The Former Czarist Russian Empire And Former Soviet Union

Mr. Barack Obama today, August 19, 2008, called for $1 billion in reconstruction aid for the Republic of Georgia, Future European Union [if not necessarily Future NATO].

Any chance of any "Marshall Plan" aid for Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Armenia?

[Click on images for enlargements.]

The Government House of Abkhazia, in Sukhumi [above], de facto independent Republic/Autonomous Region within Republic of Georgia, destroyed in the Abkhaz offensive on September 27, 1993, still stands in ruins. The offensive involved the ethnic cleansing of Georgians. The photo was taken in 2006. The population of Abkhazia, in 2004, was approximately 180,000. The Republic/Autonomous Region borders the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russian Federation. [The ports of Novorossiysk and Sukhumi: potential future homes of the Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet?]

Sevastopol, Special Administrative District of Ukraine [middle] is a port city located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean Autonomous Republic of Ukraine. It has a population of 328,600 (2004). Former home of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, the city is now a naval base shared by the Russian and Ukrainian Navy. The Russian Federation lease on the Naval Port is scheduled to end in 2017. [NATO recently made an abortive attempt to modernize a decaying military facility in Eastern Crimea, but was blocked by opposition by Ukrainian citizen groups. The majority of Ukrainians, unlike Georgians, oppose membership in NATO. The President of Ukraine supports membership in NATO.]

Sochi, Russian Federation [below] is a resort city situated just north of the southern Russian border. It sprawls along the shores of the Black Sea against the background of the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. At 145 km (90 mi), Greater Sochi is claimed to be the longest city in Europe. In 2006, the population was estimated to be 395,000. Home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Photo credits: Vyacheslav Stepanyuchenko and Wikipedia Commons. With thanks.


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