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South Ossetia conflict maps: Too much going on in this map - may be useful if used interactively to zoom in and out, but lacks a title, credits, source information, and much gets lost in all of the lines involved. Better to display several smaller maps, or insets with important detail. It isn't clear what this map is trying to communicate.

Local residents of South Ossetia celebrating the independence of the republic recognized by Russia on August 25, 2008. Photo: Reuters

Map of Georgia showing the autonomous republics of Abkhazia (de facto independent) and Adjaria, and the de facto independent region of South Ossetia

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DPR and South Ossetia to sign agreement on friendship and cooperation - http://www.therussophile.org/dpr-and-south-ossetia-to-sign-agreement-on-friendship-and-cooperation.html/

from WSJ

Photos of the Day: Aug. 8

FIVE YEARS LATER: A girl held a doll and posed for a picture in Tskhinvali, South Ossetia, Thursday. Georgia is marking the 2008 war with Russia over Georgia’s disputed separatist territory of South Ossetia. In the wake of the war, Russia acknowledged South Ossetia’s independence. (Sergei Karpov/ITAR-TASS/Zuma Press)

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Palm Sunday procession in Tskhinvali, April 2009. ◆South Ossetia - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Ossetia #South_Ossetia