Ensemble 'Apsny-67'

Ensemble 'Apsny-67' Abkhazia

Ensemble "Apsny-67" was created in 1967 as an amateur ensemble at the Palace of Culture of Trade Union Workers, located opposite the Park of Glory in Sukhum. The director of the Palace of Culture, Shamil Vardania, took the ensemble under his tutelage, providing them with performances not only at sites in Abkhazia, but also in the USSR, including in various programmes on Central Television.

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The Blockade of Abkhazia

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

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 Yeltsin's Foreign Minister, Russia's policy was by NO means pro-Abkhazian, a CIS-blockade being imposed along Abkhazia's River Psou border with Russia. Boris Yeltsin, together with Georgia, put Abkhazia under sanctions.

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Viacheslav Abukhba: Abkhazian philately: burnt rarities and American fakes

Postage-stamps of Abkhazia were issued for twenty years from 1993 to 2013, but after the fire at the Sukhum post-office their entire collection was lost.

As to how Eduard Pilia created the postal service of independent Abkhazia and American companies produced fake stamps, Konstantin Pilia, son of the general director of Abkhazsvjaz [‘Abkhazian Link’], and collector Viacheslav Abukhba explained to Sputnik correspondent Vladimir Begunov.

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Afro-Abkhazians

Native Abkhazian and an Afro-Abkhazian family. Photo: The Baltimore Sun. February 10, 1935

Afro-Abkhazians or Abkhazians of African descent were a small group of people in Abkhazia. The ethnic origin of the Afro-Abkhazian descent and how Africans arrived in Abkhazia is still a matter of dispute among experts.

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Art for everyone: how a dancer from Turkey took up street-art in Abkhazia

Kadir Tvanba

Asmat Tsvizhba | Sputnik -- Repatriant from Turkey Kadir Tvanba is one of the few street-artists in Abkhazia. In an interview with Sputnik, he talked about why working on a wall is more difficult than working on canvas, and how ideas for drawings come to him.

We met with a repatriant from the Turkish town of Düzce, a young artist and dancer, Kadir Tvanba in April 2018. At that time, he had lived in Abkhazia a little more than six months, but he was already familiar to active Instagram users, where he posted author's drawings of Abkhazian landscapes; furthermore, he had already soloed in several numbers of the state-ensemble ‘Kavkaz’ [Caucasus].

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Outliving the Century: the story of a centenarian woman from Djgerda

Fenya Latsushba was born in 1913 in the village of Djgerda.

In the village of Djgerda, on the periphery of civilization, where even the dirt road has long been overgrown with grass, lives centenarian Fenya Latsushba, who turned 107 a few days ago.

It is impossible to listen to her story without tears and a lump in your throat. There were many misfortunes during Fenya Sitovna’s lifetime - two wars, the loss of the people dearest to her. But nothing broke her. After talking with her, there remains only one question: how can a person endure so much suffering and find the strength to carry on living?

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