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Russian fence divides villages in Georgia , stirs calls for boycott of Sochi Olympics

The Russian border guards were clear: Georgian villagers said they told them if they wanted to salvage anything from two homes they had better do it quickly.Soon, the houses will end up on the other side of a new border fence topped by barbed wire.The fence being built through this and other Georgian villages has divided neighbors and stirred sharp debate over whether the former Soviet republic should take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. About 28,000 people in Georgia have already signed a petition calling for a boycott and the government has said it may be forced to reconsider sending a team.One Georgian minister, Alexi Petriashvili, told The Associated Press on Friday the fence appears linked to Russian security plans for the Sochi games.The controversy over the Olympics, which Russia is hosting in February in the Black Sea city just up the coast from Georgia, has also highlighted political divisions ahead of this weekend's Georgian presidential elect...

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