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Georgia: A country in pictures

June 11, 2012 -- Updated 0514 GMT (1314 HKT)
Georgia was divided between the Ottoman and Persian empires for centuries until it became part of the Russian Empire in the 19th century. It declared independence following the Russian Revolution, but was defeated by the Red Army and incorporated into the USSR in 1921. Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but maintains a complicated relationship with Russia. Tensions came to a head in 2008, in a five-day armed conflict against Russia and the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgia was divided between the Ottoman and Persian empires for centuries until it became part of the Russian Empire in the 19th century. It declared independence following the Russian Revolution, but was defeated by the Red Army and incorporated into the USSR in 1921. Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but maintains a complicated relationship with Russia. Tensions came to a head in 2008, in a five-day armed conflict against Russia and the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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From empires to independence
Continuing development
A Christian state
Chiakokonoba Festival
Wrestling nation
Khachapuri
Kura River
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Editor's note: CNN International's Eye On series is visiting Georgia. Read and watch reports from the country online and on TV until June 24.

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