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A local man smoking against the background of Russian peackeepers in the town of Lachin (Berdzor).

Karabakh: a reasonable compromise, by Stephen D. Shenfield

02 December, 2020

In his assessment of the situation created by the agreement of November 10 between Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan (‘Some lessons to be learnt from the Karabakh war,’ AbkhazWorld, November 30)...

Members of Abkhazia's Councils of Young Diplomats take part in a UNPO training in Sukhum, May 2019.

Victims of Geopolitics: Young Generations in Abkhazia Struggle with Lack of Travel and Education Opportunities Abroad

01 December, 2020

by UNPOTrapped by geopolitics. For almost three decades now, Abkhazia has been kept isolated from the international community. Troubled by competing spheres of influence and the prolonged standstill of the...

Valeria Adleiba – winner of season one’s international vocal show ‘Super You’.

Valeria Adleiba presents a new song at the "Apsny" Festival

01 December, 2020

AKW'A / SUKHUM -- Valeria Adleiba recorded specially for the "Apsny" festival (organised by Moscow’s Abkhazian diaspora) a song in the Abkhaz language "Сыҟоуп уааигәара" (I am beside you), the...

A bulletproof vest and an assault rifle are on the table in the yard of a house in Karabakh.

Some lessons to be learnt from the Karabakh war, by Dieter Boden

30 November, 2020

Dieter Boden | Special to Abkhaz World Some dust has settled since the last war over Nagornyj Karabakh came to an end. What we have as a result now is the brittle ceasefire-agreement...

Premiere of the play 'Cylinder' Pin Abkhaz Drama Theatre

The Abkhazian drama-theatre will perform at the international festival in Nalchik

27 November, 2020

The Abkhazian State Drama-theatre Named after S. Chanba will take part in the international festival of drama-theatres "South Stage-100" in the city of Nalchik, which will take place from 3...

A Dictionary of Proto-Circassian Roots, by Aert Hendrik Kuipers

A Dictionary of Proto-Circassian Roots, by Aert Hendrik Kuipers

27 November, 2020

A Dictionary of Proto-Circassian RootsAuthor: Aert Hendrik KuipersYear: 1975Publisher: Peter de Ridder Press (Leiden)Place of Publication: LisseNumber of pages: 93 Language: EnglishAert Hendrik Kuipers (1919 - 2012) was a Dutch linguistics professor.

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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...

Blog

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...

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’...

The Milky Falls. Abkhazia

Ritsa-Auadhara National Park, Abkhazia

23 March, 2020

The Ritsa National Park is located in the mountainous part of Abkhazia on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Range, between the Ghegha River and the Pshchitsa River. It was founded in 1996 on the basis of the Ritsa...

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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