Since 2008 the Russian military force has occupied the territory of South Ossetia, proclaiming itself a peacekeeper between South Ossetia and Georgia. While only four countries (Russia, Nauru, Venezuela, Nicaragua) in the world recognize South Ossetia’s independency, Georgian citizens still have no access to this territory. Furthermore, the occupation line, represented by the barbed wire, green banners and ground lines is expanding towards Georgia, cutting villages in half and taking over local people’s fields and farming facilities. Georgians refuse to abandon their homes at the occupation line, so they carry on working on the land under the daily risk of being abducted to the other side.
These abductions are of permanent nature and make a stable income for the Russian forces, as the abducted must pay a fine to return to their country.
After return they often continue working on the very same place they’ve been taken from, as they don’t have any other source of income. Even though most of the villagers can see the Russian bases right from the window, calling for the work on the land is stronger than a habitual fear. They might find their field smaller than it was yesterday, but they have to adapt to the new boundaries in order to survive.
The latest movement of the occupation line banner took place in early July 2017.