Abkhazia: Patronage and Power in the Stalin Era

@article{Blauvelt2007AbkhaziaPA,
  title={Abkhazia: Patronage and Power in the Stalin Era},
  author={Timothy K. Blauvelt},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  year={2007},
  volume={35},
  pages={203 - 232}
}
Abkhazia during the Stalin era was at the same time a subtropical haven where the great leader and his lieutenants built grand dachas and took extended holidays away from Moscow, and also a key piece in the continuing chess match of Soviet politics. This paper will examine how and why this small, sunny autonomous republic on the Black Sea, and the political networks that developed there, played a prominent role in the politics of the south Caucasus region and in Soviet politics as a whole… 
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