Russians are flocking back to the Black Sea beaches, although a string of recent bombings exposes the breakaway republic's ongoing tensions with Georgia.
War could mean more pressure on already sky-high oil prices.
Tensions are growing as NATO and a resurgent Russia divide over future of breakaway statelets.
The Columbia-educated president's party is expected to retain power in Wednesday's parliamentary elections. In an interview, he describes why he sees the country as the front line against Russian aggression.
The reported downing of two unmanned Georgian spy drones over Abkhazia come as both sides accuse each other of preparing for war.