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    TBILISI, May 3 (RIA Novosti) - Adzharia (Georgian autonomy) remains in self-isolation.

    All bridges on the roads leading to Adzharia have been blown up. People willing to enter Adzharia on foot, including Adzharian citizens, are not let pass by armed people. The only way to enter Adzharia is by plane en route Tbilisi - Batumi.

    According to Georgian mass media, the city of Batumi is almost deserted. People prefer to move to mountainous villages for the time being.

    None of the Georgian TV channels, except for the Adzharian TV, are broadcasted on the territory of the autonomy.

    Adzharian citizens refuse to give interviews and agree to speak over the telephone only anonymously. According to people, streets of Batumi are full of armed people in camouflage and there is a lack of food in the city as well.

    According to unofficial information, recently Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze prefers not to spend several nights in a row in one place. Local citizens say that it can be proved by frequent change of facilities guarded by armed people and snipers, who provide security for the Adzharian leader.

    Meanwhile, local mass media from the administrative border in Choloki report that the situation is stable. For the first time in the last couple of weeks the Georgian state flag was put up next to the flag of the Vozrozhdeniye (Revival) Party flag. Armed people and several armored vehicles remain at the border.

    Tbilisi believes that the explosions of the bridges across the Choloki river, in Kakuti and in Dzhikhashkari may result in stoppage of deliveries of sugar, flour and other food items, since the deliveries were conducted through the Sarpi checkpoint, situated on the territory of Adzharia. However, specialists believe that the current problems are only temporary and within the next few days cargoes from Turkey will be delivered to Georgia through the Vale checkpoint, situated in the Samtskhe-Dzhavakhetsk region of Georgia.

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