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Alexander Ankvab: from love to hatred

2011-12-28 12:44

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Today Abkhaz president Alexander Ankvab celebrates his 59th birthday. Instead of a feast, he plans to organize a meeting with citizens. It has taken him 12 years to become president. During the years of his premiership he acquired both - supporters and enemies. People are divided in two camps in their attitude to Ankvab: he is either hated or worshiped.


The main achievement of Alexander Ankvab, almost 60, is the post of president of Abkhazia. Radical opponents of Alexander Zolotinskovich believe it was the goal in itself. Others, and these people prevail, are sure the new president will be useful to the country. Well, let's wait and see. For the time being, this is Ankvab's first presidential term. Maybe, there will be another one. It's not the time to count chickens yet.

Ankvab's distinctive feature is that his policies have always had opponents, antagonists and enemies. He really did not need to become president to have opposition. Ankvab's opponents not only criticized him: he inspired fear and hatred. The attitude to current president of Abkhazia is this: some (the majority - as the election showed) worship him, others bitterly hate him. For some he is the "last hope", for others - "a traitor". There is no medium option.

Probably, his most vigorous critics simply envy. His style of working and living, as well as his background are not typical of a politician who made his career in the Soviet time and had his hour of triumph on the wave of national liberation movements.

Here are the milestones of the Abkhaz president. He was born in the village of Khaul - the most typically Abkhaz village in Abkhazia. It is located in Gudauti district in a most picturesque place with mountain peaks and the sea. It is wrong to call Abkhaz villages located "high in the mountains". Not a single village is located above 800 m above the sea. Ankvab's motherland, the village of Khaul, is considered one of the "high" areas. There are palm trees growing in the schoolyard.

This village is known for purity of traditions and long-livers. Tourists know this place for the good quality of chacha.

Ankvab left the place when he was very young. For the Soviet time his career went extremely fast. By the age of 28 he was head of militia department in his native district of Gudauti. Ankvab is a born policeman. He hasn't thought of writing memoirs yet, and we don't know who was an authority for a young promising militiaman. But we know that when he was 30 he was promoted to junior colonel in the system of the Soviet interior ministry.

Ankvab's police background is typical of the pre-reform period when people pursued a career not to "get control of a place". Even now Alexander Ankvab has extraordinary sense of justice.

Analyzing the algorithm of actions and decisions of president Ankvab, there is an impression he grew up on a different planet. Careers in Soviet Abkhazia produced people of a certain type ready to become opportunists good at "allocating funds". They knew well how to spend limitless amounts of money transferred to Abkhazia, the tourism shop window of the Soviet Union. After working in Komsomol, these people switched over to economy and were quick to take responsible posts. Simultaneously, their houses were under construction and a Volga car was already parked in the yard.

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