The President of the Republic of Abkhazia


Raul Khadzhimba-the President of the Republic of Abkhazia was born on 21 March 1958 in Tkvarchal city(Abkhazia), where he went to school and worked.

1976-1978, he served in the Soviet Air Defence Forces.

1979- 1984, he graduated from the Law Faculty of the Abkhaz State University.

1985-1986 Khadzhimba studied at the KGB school in Minsk, and subsequently served as a KGB agent in Tkvarchal until 1992.

During the 1992–1993 war with Georgia, Khadjimba was the head of the military intelligence and counterintelligence operation on the eastern front. He was awarded the Order of Leon.

From 1996 until 1998, Khadzhimba headed the anti-smuggling division of the State Customs Committee. In 1998, he became its Deputy Chairman.

He was also Chairman of the Forum for the National Unity of Abkhazia from 2010–2015. Khadzhimba previously held the offices of Vice President (2005–2009), Prime Minister (2003–2004) and Defence Minister (2002–2003). He ran for President in 2004, 2009 and 2011.

On August 24, 2014, at the extraordinary presidential elections, Raul Khadzhimba won the first round, gaining 50.57% of the vote. He officially took office as President of the Republic of Abkhazia on September 25, 2014. 

Khadzhimba was inaugurated as a President on 25 September 2014. Two months into his presidency, he signed a controversial treaty with Russian president Vladimir Putin deepening ties between Abkhazia and Russia.

Raul Khadzhimba - the fourth President of the Republic of Abkhazia.