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Vladislav Ardzinba, the first President of Abkhazia, died2010-03-04 11:23
Vladislav Ardzinba, the first President of Abkhazia, died this morning in Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, said his widow Svetlana - Interfax.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"A few days ago he was delivered from Sokhumi to Moscow by EMERCOM special flight, in severe condition. But he was conscious to the last moment." She noted.
Vladislav Grigorievich Ardzinba was born on May 14th 1945 in Lower Eshera settlement in Sokumi region [Abkhazia], spend childhood and school years in the settlement.
In 1966 he graduated from the historical department of the Sokhumi State teacher training College and entered the post-graduate courses of Oriental Sciences Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He worked there from 1969 to 1988, studied history, culture and religion of ancient peoples of Asia Minor.
Ardzinba became involved in the Abkhaz independence movement in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was a member of the last Soviet parliament from 1989 to 1991. When Abkhazia declared its independence from Georgia and held its first elections in 1994, Ardzinba was victorious and became the entity's first president. He was re-elected in 1999 - Sajun.org.
Vladislav Ardzinba was a Doctor of History, professor, the member of two Academies of Sciences, winner of several scholar awards, author of more than 40 works. He was granted the highest srtate award of Abkhazia [Akh'dz-Apsha order of first degree], Hero of Abkhazia order, and the highest state award of South Ossetia - the Order of Honour.