Many in Abkhazia have lamented the failure of this year’s tourist season, connecting it directly to rising levels of crime. The usual problems were compounded by high profile attacks on tourists and an explosion at an ammunition depot which left two tourists dead.
Five North Caucasian republics have made it to an official list of the safest regions of the Russian Federation. Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, and Daghestan all made it to the list, which is based on official crime statistics. The data was collected by the Federal State Statistics Service using data from regional ministries of internal affairs for the first quarter of 2017.