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    Georgia Introduction - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/georgia/georgia_introduction.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Background Georgia was absorbed into the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Independent for three years (1918-1921) following the Russian revolution, it was forcibly incorporated into the USSR until the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. Ethnic separation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, poor governance, and Russian military bases deny the government effective control over the entirety of the state's internationally recognized territory. Despite myriad problems, progress on market reforms and democratization support the country's goal of greater integration with Western political, economic and security institutions.

      NOTE: The information regarding Georgia on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Georgia Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Georgia Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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