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Thousands came to pay last respect to the ex-leader of Abkhazia2010-03-05 16:22
Civil funeral rites over Vladislav Ardzinba, the first President of Abkhazia, died yesterday, was held today in the Cuture Centre of the Armed Forces of Russia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Thousands attended the ceremony, among them: representatives of Abkhaz diaspora in Moscow, Russian MPs, politicians, leaders of North Caucasus republics - Interfax.
Among the visitors: Sergey Shamba, the PM of Abkhazia; Arsen Konokov, the President of Kabardino-Balkaria; Dmitry Medoyev, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Ossetia to Russia; Vladimir Zhirinivski, the leader of Liberal-Democratic party of Russia and the Vice Speaker of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.
Now the body of the deceased must be delivered to Abkhazia. The ex-President wanted to be buried on the bank of Gumista river [frontline of the Georgia-Abkhaz conflict of 1992-1993], shared his widow, Svetlana Ardzinba, and highlighted she intended to follow his will.
The state commission for organisation of the funeral of the first President is headed by Sergey Bagapsh.
Mourning over Ardzinba's death will be declared.
Vladislav Ardzinba was the leader of Abkhazia from 1994 up to 2005.