A means of mass mobilization in Soviet times, the right to rest does no longer exist. Resorts and sanatoria built in that time offer today decaying architecture and outdated practices luring to Soviet nostalgia
September 30 in Abkhazia is met as "Independence day". On that day, in 1993, the whole territory of Abkhazia (with the exception of the Kodori gorge) got under the control of Abkhazian forces. In Georgia instead, September 27 of the same year is remembered with sorrow, as the day when Sukhumi fell. In those weeks, almost all of the ethnic Georgian population of the region was forced to leave their homes.