The two nuclear powers continue to bicker over NATO war games, nuclear weapons, and fighter jets in Kyrgyzstan.
Embattled President Saakashvili has accused Russians of financing a popular movement to oust him.
Nature writer Roger Deakin considers wood as a vital element of life.
The Habur Gate – a dusty two-lane checkpoint – may be one of the best routes out.
Fearful that US failure there could unleash the Taliban and other Islamist insurgencies, Russia may help NATO open a supply line through former Soviet territory.