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Do you expect more fighting in Abkhazia?

Monday, May 5
“Unfortunately, yes. Russia is doing everything to try to involve Georgia in fighting.”
Maia, housewife, 44

“Well, it will make the situation more tense, but I don’t think there’ll be a war in Abkhazia—Saakashvili says so.”
Misha, economist, 30

“It’s clear that Georgia doesn’t want war, but like most Georgians, I expect fighting. I don’t want to think about how it’ll end.”
Sopo, student, 21

“The rumor is that we should expect more fighting, but we don’t want to believe it.”
Andro, architect, 27

“I don’t even want to think about it. Really—my heart rate goes up when I do. Who are we going to fight against? Russia? Let our officials’ sons go to the front first.”
Nazi, English teacher, 52

“No, I don’t. I think our officials will have enough foresight not to begin any military activity or to stage a provocation.”
Niko, farmer, 77

“I think that if things continue in the same way, war in Abkhazia will be unavoidable.”
Irakli, IT specialist, 30

“I don’t think war will break out. If a conflict does start, Russia will have a war in the Caucasus for the next 30 years. It is not beneficial for anyone.”
Zurab, student, 18

“I don’t think that war will happen; I hope that people on all sides will have the sense to negotiate.”
Lamara, translator, 49