1. Analysis
  2. Conflict
  3. History
  4. Featured
  5. Interview
  6. Blog
  7. Editors' Picks

Recently Added

A Letter from Sukhum, Abkhazia | Fairhope Courier, 12 March 1936

26 November, 2022

Fairhope Courier, 12 March 1936 “Abkhazia, although a part of the Soviet Union, is not Russian, and the people still cling to many of their age-old customs. Abkhazian history interests me...

Большевистский порядок в Грузии. Большой террор в маленькой кавказской республике

Bolshevik order in Georgia: The Great Terror in a Small Caucasian Republic, by Marc Junge & Bernd Bonwetsch (Vol 1)

24 November, 2022

Большевистский порядок в Грузии. Большой террор в маленькой кавказской республике Bolshevik order in Georgia: The Great Terror in a Small Caucasian Republic (Vol. 1)Authors: Marc Junge & Bernd Bonwetsch (Ruhr University...

Nestor Lakoba (left), Lavrentiy Beria, Agasiy Khandzhyan at the party conference, 1935 | © The State Museum of Nestor Lakoba

Review of George B. Hewitt & Reply from Timothy K. Blauvelt | Clientelism and Nationality in an Early Soviet Fiefdom: The Trials of Nestor Lakoba

24 November, 2022

Slavonic and East European Review, Volume 100, Number 2, April 2022,pp. 381-383 (Article)Published by Modern Humanities Research Association Blauvelt, Timothy K. Clientelism and Nationality in an Early Soviet Fiefdom: The Trials...

Russian imperialism and the independence of the highlanders | Speech by M.F. Shanba on May 11, 1927

21 November, 2022

Русский империализм и независимость горцев Russian imperialism and the independence of the highlanders Author: M.F. Shanba (Ashanba) Mehmet Fetgeri Şoenü (1890–1931)Year: 1928Place of Publication: PragueNumber of pages: 15Language: RussianРечь, произнесенная на торжественном...

Said Gezerdaa is a lawyer at the Centre for Humanitarian Programmes, a civil society group based in the Sukhum.

“Why go along with the proposals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, rather than one’s own?”

18 November, 2022

The public of the republic was looking forward to the results of the working trip last week of a group of Abkhazian parliamentarians to the State Duma of the Russian...

Millet Bayrağı | Знамя Народа

18 November, 2022

Millet Bayrağı | Знамя НародаŞimali Kafkasya Ulusal Düşüncesinin Yayın Organı | Орган Северо-Кавказский Национальная Мысли  Editor: Ahmet Canbek Habjoko [Havjoko] (1903-1978)Years: 1935Place of Publication: Warsaw, PolandPublished by: The Peoples’ Party of the...

Opinion

Analysis

The Ibero-Caucasian hypothesis and the historiography of Abkhazia, by Kevin Tuite

04 June, 2022

The Rise and Fall and Revival of the Ibero-Caucasian HypothesisHistoriographia Linguistica Vol. 35:1/2 (2008), pp. 23–82 Kevin Tuite Professor of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal 8. The Ibero-Caucasian hypothesis and the historiography of Abkhazia (pp.53-65)8.1 P’avle Ingoroq’va, Giorgi Merčule, and the...

Blog

Andrei Sakharov on the relationship between Abkhazia and Georgia

24 February, 2022

In 1989 at the start of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict the late Academician Andrei Sakharov in one of his last articles called Georgia a ‘mini-empire’ (Ogonёk 1989, 31). Later, describing the relationship between Abkhazia and Georgia, he wrote: "I tend to justify...

Analysis

Nationalism, politics, and the practice of archaeology in the Caucasus

Nationalism, politics, and the practice of archaeology in the Caucasus, by Philip Kohl and Gocha Tsetskhladze

26 April, 2020

Nationalism, politics, and the practice of archaeology, edited by Philip L. Kohl and Clare Fawcett Cambridge University Press 1995 Nationalism, politics, and the practice of archaeology in the Caucasus (Part III Eastern Europe and Eurasia) pp. 149-174 By Philip L. Kohl and Gocha R...

Conflict

Old Parliament Building, Sukhum

Abkhazia: a problem of identity and ownership, by George B. Hewitt - Central Asian Survey

21 October, 2008

Abkhazia: a problem of identity and ownership  History and Documents Central Asian Survey, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 267–323, 1993 by George B. Hewitt The Abkhazians living in Turkey have preserved very well the customs, language and dances  carried  there  from  Abkhazia  by  their ...

History

Lapinski: Abkhaz people are the last in the Caucasus who still put up resistance to the Muscovites

23 May, 2020

In June 1861, on the initiative of the Ubykhs, a 'mejlis' (parliament) was constituted not far from Sochi; it was known as 'The Great and Free Assembly'. The Ubykhs, the Circassian Shapsughs and Abadzekhs/Abzakhs, and the Abkhazian tribes of Ahchypsy...

Confederation of Mountain Peoples of the Caucasus.

How nations united: Formation of the Confederation of Caucasian Peoples

28 February, 2020

Everyone who is somehow familiar with the history of the Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia could not help but hear about the Assembly of Mountain Peoples of the Caucasus, which was soon renamed the Confederation. This is no...

Abkhazia Resettlement Construction 1941

Resettlement to Abkhazia

14 February, 2020

After most of Abkhazia’s indigenous Abkhazians were expelled to Ottoman lands firstly at the end of the Russian-Caucasian War (1864) and then following the Russo-Turkish War (1877-78), their vacated lands immediately started to attract colonisation from such diverse incomers as:...

Abkhazians who took part in the 1866 Lykhny uprising. Photo by D. I. Yermakov (1867)

Thirty years of "guilt" (1877-1907), by Stanislav Lakoba

14 March, 2013

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012 Immediately after the Caucasian War (21 May 1864), in June 1864 the independent princedom of Abkhazia was abolished, and the sovereign prince Mikhail Shervashidze (Chachba) was subjected to political repression; in 1866, he died in...

Editors' Picks

A group of Abkhazians (1903)

Abkhazia and the Abkhazians (1903) | Photos by Joseph de Baye

25 March, 2021

Joseph de Baye (1853-1931), French archaeologist and traveller. Baron Joseph de Baye (French) was initially a keen amateur archaeologist. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Ministry of Public Instruction sent him on a mission to collect pottery in...

Photos by Bernard Bisson | The 'Action Against Hunger' NGO in Abkhazia.

The Blockade of Abkhazia

20 July, 2020

How Easily One Forgets... Contrast the following with the widely held misconception that Abkhazia's problem with Georgia resulted from its being a mere puppet of the Kremlin's 'anti-Georgian' politics? Most of the 1990s, especially when Shevardnadze-protegé Andrei Kozyrev served as Boris...

Musa Shanibov

Obituary | A Hero of His Times: Yuri/Musa Shanibov, 1936-2020, by Georgi Derluguian

28 April, 2020

Yuri Magomedovich Shanibov lived a rich (Soviet) biography that fully reflected the changing historical epochs. Back in 1997 the world-famous French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu felt so intrigued by the photo of the distinguished-looking Shanibov, always in his Caucasian sheepskin papakha hat —...

Ajika | Adjika Abkhazian Chilli hot paste

Pepper and Stone: how to 'produce' Abkhazian ajika

04 February, 2018

The secrets of the ancient method of preparing the Abkhazian national seasoning known as ajika [adjika or adzhika; Abkhaz: аџьыка] and the transformation of hot pepper and spices on stone into a unique, fragrant and piquant ‘masterpiece’ were revealed to a correspondent...

Country

News

Articles & Opinion

Publications

Abkhaz World

Follow Us