Stalin’s Old Villa, On the Block, Sparks Post-Soviet Fracas describes Stalin’s “secret White House,” a private resort in Abkhazia known as “Cold River”:
Cold River would certainly be an attractive refuge for a privacy-minded Russian oligarch. Painted military green and camouflaged by soaring firs and pines, it’s barely visible from sky, land, or sea — a concession to Stalin’s notorious paranoia. It can only be reached by a precipitous road that snakes up a thickly wooded hillside. An elevator connects it to the beach.