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Traditions and rituals: the Abkhazian holiday of Nanhwa

29 August, 2021

To what origins does the Nanhwa holiday in Abkhazia go back? Is it connected with Christian traditions, and what rituals precede it? Read the article. On 28 August, the memory of...

A "Scorpion" for the desperate: veteran Otar Gogua on the Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia

17 August, 2021

Otar Gogua, one of the organisers of the "Scorpion" group and a holder of the medal "For Courage", can be called lucky. On 14 August 1992, he managed three times...

Abkhazians who took part in the 1866 Lykhny rebellion. Photo by Dmitri Yermakov (1846-1916).

Lykhny Uprising, or translation-difficulties: what happened in 1866

27 July, 2021

Badrak Avidzba (Sputnik) -- On 26 July 1866, a popular gathering in the village of Lykhny grew into an uprising known as the Lykhny Uprising. On the eve of the 155th...

Bedi Kartlisa 1981

The Kinship-Lexicon of Georgian, Mingrelian and Abkhaz, by George Hewitt

25 July, 2021

in Bedi Kartlisa, 1981, 256-267. In this paper we present for comparison the kinship-lexicon of three languages. Georgian and Mingrelian are closely related South Caucasian (Kartvel) languages spoken in the Trans-Caucasian...

Sukhum, Abkhazia

Stanislav Lakoba - about "white spots" in the history of Abkhazia of the last century

13 July, 2021

This year the famous Abkhazian historian Stanislav Lakoba has published three books from the series “Unknown Abkhazia. XXth Century ". He spoke about one of them, where the story is...

Koray Cengiz Atsugba

Koray Atsugba's rival refused to fight in the MMA World Mix Fight championship in Turkey

18 June, 2021

The GMC German Champion in mixed martial arts Koray Cengiz (Atsugba) won the MMA World Mix Fight championship, which took place on June 17 in Turkey, reports the State Committee...

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Park of Glory in Sukhum

Abkhazia Twenty Years On, Some Thoughts, by John Colarusso

03 May, 2013

Reflections on Abkhazia: [14 August] 1992-2012 The Republic of Abkhazia, factually an independent state with limited formal recognition, a client of Moscow, and unlikely ever to be a component of Georgia in any form, bears a mark upon it, “Made in...

History

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...

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 ...

Conflict

Eduard Shevardnadze (left) and Vladislav Ardzinba - Georgian - Abkhaz Conflict

Origins and Evolutions of the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict, by Stephen D. Shenfield

15 October, 2008

In this paper* I trace the emergence and evolution of the Georgian—Abkhaz conflict up to the invasion of Abkhazia by Georgian forces on August 14, 1992. I try to pinpoint the most crucial events and causative factors, and to infer...

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 Great Caucasian War (1864) and then following the Russo-Turkish War (1877-78), their vacated lands immediately started to attract colonisation from such diverse incomers...

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...

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

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

20 May, 2020

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...

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 —...

Sebnem Marshan

House for an architect: how a repatriate, Shabnam Marshan, found herself in Abkhazia

27 April, 2020

Architect Şebnem (Shabnam) Marshan from Turkey decided to stay in Abkhazia forever after spending two weeks here. As for what made her return to her historical homeland and how the life of a repatriate in the ‘Land of the Soul’...

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...

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