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Murat Yagan (1915 – 2013)

Murat Yagan (1915 – 2013)

Murat [Murray] Yagan (December 16, 1915 – December 19, 2013). 

Born to a prominent family whose ancestors immigrated from Abkhazia to Turkey, he later attended the prestigious Galatasaray School and while still in his youth was taken into spiritual training by his tribal Elders.

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Denis Tsargush

Denis Tsargush

Denís Tsargúsh (Abkhazian: Дени́с Царгәы́ш, born 1 September 1987 in Gudauta, Abkhazia), is a Abkhaz freestyle wrestler of Abkhaz descent. He is a 3 time European Champion, 3 time World Champion and also won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games 2012. Grand Master of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling.

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Stanislav Lakoba

Stanislav Lakoba

Stanislav Lakoba (born 1953) is an Abkhaz academic and politician. Lakoba was Sergei Bagapsh's Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2004 Presidential election and from 2005 to 2009 and again from 2011 to 2013 he served as Secretary of the Security Council. He is Professor in Archeology, Ethnology and History at the Abkhazian State University.

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Samson Chanba (1886–1937)

Samson Chanba

Samson Kuagu-ipa Chanba (Abkhaz: Самсон Кәагә-иҧа Ҷанба; born June 18, 1886 —died 1937), Abkhazian educator, poet, and dramatist, best known for his contribution to the development of Abkhazian drama.

Samson Chanba trained as a teacher in Abkhazia. He taught for several decades in Abkhazian villages and later in Sukhum, the capital of Abkhazia, before his first major publication, the long poem Daughter of the Mountains, appeared in 1919. An enthusiastic supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution, he joined the Communist Party in 1921, the year that he took on joint editorship (with M. Khashba) of the Abkhaz-language newspaper Red Abkhazia.

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Sergei Bagapsh (1949-2011)

Sergei Bagapsh

Sergei Wasil-ipa Bagapsh (Abkhaz: Сергеи Уасыл-иҧа Багаҧшь; 4 March 1949 – 29 May 2011) was the second President of the Republic of Abkhazia. He was Prime Minister from 1997 to 1999 and was later elected as President in 2005. He was re-elected in the 2009 presidential election. He died on 29 May 2011, at the age of 62, from complications of surgery.

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