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Vladislav Ardzinba

Personal data
Date of birthMay 14, 1945
Place of birthLower Eshera, Sukhumi District, Abkhazian ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR
Date of deathMarch 4, 2010(age 64)
Place of deathMoscow, Russia
NationalityAbkhaz
SpouseSvetlana Jergenia
1st President of Abkhazia
In office26 November 1994 - 12 February 2005
Succeeded bySergei Bagapsh
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Abkhazia
In office1989 - 1991
Deputy of the Supreme Soviet
In office1987 - 1989

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Vladislav Grigori-ipa Ardzinba ( , May 14, 1945 March 4, 2010) was the first President of Abkhazia. A historian by education, Ardzinba led Abkhazia to de facto independence in the 1992-1993 War with Georgia, but its de jure independence from Georgia remained internationally unrecognised during Ardzinba's two terms as President from 1994 to 2005.

He was a member of the first parliament to be elected democratically in the Soviet Union in 1989.


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