Clans are South Ossetia's stumbling block

Russian troops deployed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and particularly Russia’s recognition of the breakaway republics, has brought stability to the region, assures independent military analyst Dmitry Evstafyev.

Anyway, the $1 billion that Russia is investing annually into S.Ossetia and which mostly goes into reconstruction of infrastructure and energy supplies, does not look like a big deal.

Still, Evstafyev says, “there are two major obstacles to S.Ossetia becoming a viable country and they are firstly corruption and secondly – clan diversity of the Ossetians themselves. If they overcome these two obstacles – nothing dangerous could emerge.”