My guess is that it seems strange only if you expected those territories to be in a constant state of war. No, they are not under siege, but life is not exactly dandy there, either.
Can I ask, what's the main language? Russian right, not a dialect? Not Ukranian? If I spoke Moscow Russian there would I be understood?
Also is it fairly socialist or...? Just wondering from all the СССР insignia.
It is not socialist but the older generation seems to wish for those times to return, when food and work were guaranteed. Wealth is concentrated among very few nefarious businessmen and politicians.
 Of course this is nonsense; times were just as difficult during the USSR—bread lines, etc—but people’s memories are faulty.
This was accomplished against a rag-tag army of the newly independent Georgia because the Abkhazian rebels were controlled (armed, financed, provided with air support and heavy weaponry, and thousands of mercenaries) directly by Russia.
Current breakaway Abkhazia is a byproduct of genocide and imperialism, pure and simple.