Hibla Gerzmava

Hibla Gerzmava

Hibla Gerzmava (Abkhaz: Хьыбла Леварса иҧҳа Герзмаа), (born January 6, 1970), is an Abkhazian operatic soprano. 

Gerzmava was born in Pitsunda, Abkhazia. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory and won the Grand Prix of the Tenth Tchaikovsky Competition. She is a member of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, Moscow, where her repertory includes Lucia di Lammermoor, Donna Anna, Cherubini’s Medea, the four heroines (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Violetta (La traviata) and Mimì. Her other operatic appearances include Liù, Donna Anna, Desdemona (Otello), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Mimì for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Mimì for Bavarian State Opera, Violetta for the Bolshoi Theatre, Donna Anna for Vienna State Opera, Anna Bolena for La Scala, Milan, Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) for Paris Opéra and Vienna State Opera and Elisabeth de Valois (Don Carlos) for Paris Opéra.

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Nestor Lakoba (1893-1936)

Nestor Lakoba

Nestor Apollonovich Lakoba (Abkhaz: Нестор Аполлонович Лакоба; 1 May 1893 – 28 December 1936) was an Abkhaz Communist leader. Lakoba helped establish Bolshevik power in Abkhazia in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, and served as the head of Abkhazia after its incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1921. One of the leaders of the Abkhazian Bolsheviks who came to power after the expulsion of Georgian troops in March 1921.

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Yuri Voronov (1941-1995)

 Yuri Voronov archaeologist, Abkhazia

Yuri Nikolayevich Voronov ( May 8, 1941, Tsebelda - September 11, 1995, Sukhum ) is a Russian archaeologist and Caucasian researcher, a researcher of prehistoric, ancient and medieval antiquities of Abkhazia and Sochi, including the Great Abkhazian Wall. Deputy of the Supreme Council of Abkhazia (1990-1995), Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Abkhazia (1994-1995).

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Vladislav Ardzinba (1945-2010)

Vladislav Ardzinba

Vladislav Grigoryevich Ardzinba (Abkhaz: Владислав Арӡынба) (14 May 1945 – 4 March 2010) was a wartime leader and the first president of Abkhazia.

He was born in May 1945 in the village of Lower Eshera (just north of Abkhazia's capital, Sukhum), where his father taught history. He worked at Moscow's Oriental Institute under Yevgeny Primakov, who, as Russian Foreign Minister, was later to play a role in the post-war Georgian-Abkhazian negotiating process.

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Bagrat V. Shinkuba (1917-2004)

Bagrat Shinkuba Abkhazia

Bagrat Uasyl-ipa Shinkuba (Abkhaz: Баграҭ Уасыл-иҧа Шьынқәба),  was an Abkhaz writer, poet, historian, linguist and politician.

Bagrat Shinkuba born 12 May 1917 in the village of Chlou. After high school he entered the Sukhum Pedagogical College (1931-1935 gg.). After graduating, he entered the Sukhum State Pedagogical Institute (1935-1939 gg.). In 1939 he entered the graduate school of the Institute of Linguistics of the Academy of Sciences of the Georgian SSR. He studied history and languages of Abkhaz, Adyghe and Ubykh people. In 1945 he defended his thesis for the degree of candidate of philological sciences.

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