During 20 years photographer Lucien Perkins covered events in Russia and other former Soviet countries. He came to Moscow for the first time in 1988 for the historic meeting of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1993 he again went to Russia for
six months and he felt that it was absolutely different country. Photos of Perkins not only reflect the major political events of the time, but also capture the spirit of freedom that prevailed in hearts of Russian people in the 90s.
September 30, 1993 is a great day in the history of Abkhaz people. After many days of heavy fighting with Georgians, the Abkhaz armed forces managed to take control of the whole territory of the autonomy. About 250 thousand ethnic Georgians, in fear of a real threat from the winners, became refugees. They left their homes and started
their way to Georgia. Some - on their own, on foot, through mountain passes. Others were taken there by sea... Ukraine helped Georgians a lot at that difficult moment. It sent humanitarian aid just in time. 16 helicopters evacuated the remaining part of refugees for what many Georgians are still so grateful.