Abkhazia: 30 September 1993 - 2013

Abkhazia: 30 September 1993 - 2013

Various events have been planned to take place in Abkhazia to mark the 20th anniversary of the victory in the 1992-1993 war imposed on the Republic by the Georgian leadership (headed by Eduard Sh...

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012

The bulk of the world’s ethnic Abkhazians today live in Turkey as part of the North West Caucasian diaspora, their ancestors having lost their homeland as a consequence of Russia’s vict...

Abkhazia, from conflict to statehood, by George Hewitt

Abkhazia, from conflict to statehood, by George Hewitt

openDemocracy A bitter post-Soviet war in 1992-93 saw the Black Sea territory of Abkhazia resist invasion from Georgia and establish an independent statehood. But amid non-recognition from a...

Vyacheslav Chirikba: “Abkhazia without the Abkhaz people would merely turn into a second Sochi or Adler”

Vyacheslav Chirikba: “Abkhazia without the Abkhaz people would merely turn into a second Sochi or Adler”

Vestnik Kavkaza Abkhaz FM Vyacheslav Chirikba told VK about the main vectors of Abkhaz foreign politcies, about its relations with Russia, business connections with Turkey and the prospects ...

Kosovo or Abkhazia: Contrasts and Comparisons

Kosovo or Abkhazia: Contrasts and Comparisons

Comparative analysis between Kosovo and Abkhazia KOSOVO ABKHAZIA Kosovo never existed as a country before its recent creation. Abkhazia has a history as an independent country num...

Mountains of Abkhazia

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A History Erased


Abkhazia's archive: fire of war, ashes of history -- At the end of October, the Abkhazian Research Institute of History, Language and Literature named after Dmitry Gulia, which housed an important library and archive, was deliberately torched by the invaders, who were bent on destroying the documentary evidence that proved Abkhazians' residence in their historical homeland; also targeted was the capital's public library.

Stalin-Beria Terror in Abkhazia


The Stalin-Beria Terror in Abkhazia, 1936-1953, by Stephen D. Shenfield -- In the period 1922—1930 Abkhazia enjoyed the status of a union republic associated with but not subordinate to Georgia. On February 19, 1931 the Sixth All-Georgian Congress of Soviets decided, presumably with Stalin’s consent, to deprive Abkhazia of this status and incorporate it into Georgia as an autonomous republic.

'Absence of Will' Commentary

'Absence of Will': A commentary, prepared by Metin Sönmez. The documentary film "Absence of Will'', financed by Conciliation Resources (UK) and the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Germany), produced by Studio RE, and directed by Mamuka Kuparadze, was broadcast in 2009 for the first time.

Why I Apologize

Why I Apologize To Abkhaz People - Choice for Georgia: Georgian Chauvinism or Abkhazia? Ucha Nanuashvili, Initiator of “Sorry” Campaign
Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, Georgia. December 29, 2009

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Abkhazian Wiseman from Vernon, by Viacheslav Chirikba

Abkhazian Wiseman from Vernon, by Viacheslav Chirikba

In Memory of Murat Yagan: 16 December 1915 - 19 December 2013 April 9, 2001 (Published in "Respublika Abkhazia", Sukhum, Abkhazia, 21-22 April 2001.) We are approaching the house of Murat Yagan which...

Georgian Repentance: Richard Norland’s Version, by Sergey Markedonov

Georgian Repentance: Richard Norland’s Version, by Sergey Markedonov

“The Georgians behaved towards the Abkhaz and the Ossetians in exactly the same way as the Russians behaved towards the Georgians. And now it is up to the Georgians to apologize for their past mistakes.”...

Can Turkey De-Isolate Abkhazia? By Eric R. Eissler

Turkish Policy Quarterly Volume 12 Number 3, Fall 2013 Eric R. Eissler is a freelance translator, writer, and editor in Istanbul. He is a contributor to The Oil & Gas Year, and a research assistant...

On Richard Norland's statement‏

U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland said “Georgians were treating Abkhazians and Ossetians the same way as Russians were treating Georgians and Georgia will have to apologize for the mistakes...

Why doesn't Turkey recognise Abkhazia? By Erhan Hapae

Turkey has the largest Circassian & Abkhaz diaspora in the world. I am not sure, but presumably so as not to annoy Georgia. Perhaps to Putin. The answer to this question was clear until a few years...

For twenty years now the West has shirked its responsibility in Abkhazia, by Oliver Urs Lenz

The Beginnings of a Black Sea Security Community? By Carol Weaver

Chicago Daily Tribune, 1937: 'Russia Executes 10 For Plotting Stalin Murder'

Is Georgia a terrorist state? By Aage Borchgrevink

The Caucasian Diaspora - Abkhaz and Adighes: Episodes from the past, by Gudisa Vardania

New Details of the Methods used by the Intelligence Services, by Olesya Vartanyan

English transcript of Vladislav Ardzinba's speech | The 1st Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR | 1989

Abkhazia, the Comfortable Conflict Zone, by Thomas de Waal

Writing and Rewriting History: A Response to Ruslan Kesh by Metin Sonmez

Review of Donald Rayfield, 'Edge of Empires. A History of Georgia' & Corrigenda to Stephen Jones’ 'Georgia. A Political History Since Independence'

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Summative Meeting of the Public-Expert Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia

Summative Meeting of the Public-Expert Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia

SUKHUM -- On 26 December, the summative meeting of the Public-Expert Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia. The...

Altin Post [Golden Fleece] - Online News from Abkhazia in Turkish

Altin Post [Golden Fleece] - Online News from Abkhazia in Turkish

Times are changing. Internet has become the key resource for getting first hand information. Especially for countries like Abkhazia, living beyond international recognition and an information embargo,...

Academician Zurab Dzhapua elected president of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia

Academician Zurab Dzhapua was elected president of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia (ASA) today at a general meeting of the ASA. He replaced in this post Academician Shota Aristava, who headed the...

Reburial of the remains of identified Abkhazian fighters held on 25 and 27 December

SUKHUM -- Reburial of the remains of seven identified fighters from the Abkhazian army who died in the Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia (1992 – 1993) is taking place on 25 and 27 December. On...

RA CCI stands for establishing economic ties with Tunisia

A delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with RA Deputy Prime Minister Aleksander Stranichkin is visiting Tunisia. The Abkhazian delegation met with the leadership of the Tunisian...

In the centre of Sukhum, the lights on the main New Year tree have been lit

Irakli Khintba briefs President on outcome of 26th round of Geneva discussions

Burkhalter: Switzerland, as chairman of the OSCE, will not interfere in the affairs of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

President Alexandr Ankvab sends his condolences over Nelson Mandela's death

Benedikt Harzl: "International law in a position to provide interaction with de-facto states"

Remains of 7 persons buried in Glory Park identified

The Ministry of Economy of Abkhazia and the firm "Natural resources of the Black Sea" sign a licence-agreement for the use of sub-soil coal-deposits in Tqwarchal

What to expect from the renaming?

U.S. has accused Saakashvili of inadequacy

Address of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Viacheslav Chirikba to the representatives of the Abkhazian Diaspora in the Republic of Turkey

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Origins and Evolutions of the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict, by Stephen D. Shenfield
In this paper I trace the emergence and evolution of the Georgian—Abkhaz conflict up to the invasion of Abkhazia by Georgian...

Commentary

Why Can Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Not Emulate Willi Brandt? by Liz Fuller. The international community may have forgotten (or chosen to overlook) Georgia's earlier attempts to reconquer Abkhazia by force in May 1998 and September-October...

Diaspora

Between Russia and the West: Turkey as an Emerging Power and the Case of Abkhazia, by Laurent Vinatier The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly Vol 7, No.4, December 2009 - pp. 73-94.

Art

Hibla Gerzmava
Soprano,
was born the 6th of January1970 in Pitsunda, Abkhazia. People's Artist of the Republic of Abkhazia.

Analysis

Why Independence For Abkhazia Is The Best Solution, by George Hewitt -  After the Red Army brought Transcaucasia into the Bolshevik fold, Abkhazia's full republican status was recognised by Georgia on...

Conflict

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Abkhazia at various times in history 

The maps included here give an idea of the frontiers of Abkhazia at various times in history. Click here to see historical maps 

From The Archives

- Abkhasian Mountaineers - The Graphic (London, England), September 8, 1877

- Travels in Circassia – Part II - Blackwood's Edinburgh magazine: July-December, 1856

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