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 (ăb-kā′zhə, -zē-ə, -kä′-, äb-)
An autonomous republic of northwest Georgia bordering on Russia and the Black Sea. Georgian troops were forced to withdraw from the region in 1993 after a yearlong war with secessionist rebels.


(æbˈkɑːzɪə) or

Abkhaz Autonomous Republic

(Placename) a disputed region of NW Georgia, between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains: a subtropical region, with mountains rising over 3900 m (13 000 ft); Abkhazian separatists seized control of the region in 1993; Russia formally recognized it as an independent republic following the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, although Georgia still claims the region as part of its territory. Capital: Sukhumi. Pop: 220 600 (2006 est). Area: 8600 sq km (3320 sq miles). Also called: Abkhaz Autonomous Republic


or Ab•kha•si•a

(æbˈkeɪ ʒə, -zi ə, -ˈkɑ-)

an autonomous republic in the Georgian Republic, on the E coast of the Black Sea. 537,000; 3320 sq. mi. (8600 sq. km). Cap.: Sukhumi.
Ab•kha′zi•an (-ˈkeɪ zi ən, -ʒən) adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Abkhazia - an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black SeaAbkhazia - an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
Abkhas, Abkhaz - Circassian people living east of the Black Sea
Sakartvelo, Georgia - a republic in Asia Minor on the Black Sea separated from Russia by the Caucasus mountains; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
Abkhas, Abkhasian, Abkhaz, Abkhazian - a member of the Circassian people who live to the east of the Black Sea


[æbˈkɑːzɪə] NAbjazia f


nAbchasien nt
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Despite such tensions, most Abkhazians agree with Moscow's policy of building up their country as a bulwark against Georgia.
Brun examines long-term displacements of Abkhazians who fled to Georgia in the early 1990s following claims of independence from Georgia.
Notably, Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia did not trigger a Georgian insurgency against the Russians, or even against the Abkhazians or South Ossetians.
As part of this, thousands of Abkhazians gathered in front of the presidential offices to call for President Alexander Ankvab's resignation.
Explore the breakfast habits of the Abkhazians and Hunzans.
Following Georgia's declaration of independence, ethnic Ossetians and Abkhazians each declared their own autonomous regions.
He has also wished the Abkhazians and Ossetians on the occasion of New Year 2014.
51) Even though after the Georgian-Abkhazian war of 1992-1993, in which volunteers from the Circassian republics also played an active role by virtue of their ethnic kinship with the Abkhazians, the consolidation of the Circassian peoples had reached a new level sufficient to transform the Circassian national movement into a new political player in the Caucasus, it did not happen.
The Abkhazian historical writings that stress the link between the ancient and the contemporary Abkhazians, between the ancient and the contemporary state, are in compliance with the pattern of creating a nation: the national movements and interest groups strive for legitimising their attempts to gain independence by ethnic-cultural and settlement historical facts, if possible, also referring to any previous political independence.
The chapter discusses, among other things, the construction of symbolic boundaries between the tusovka's 'insiders' and 'outsiders' along ethnic, class, and gender divisions: indeed, members of the tusovka identify as ethnic Russian, whereas Armenians, Georgians, and Abkhazians are portrayed as aggressive working-class thugs who might be physically or verbally violent towards members of the 'progressive' Fun Box tusovka (124-133).
Do the Abkhazians, the South Ossetians, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Transnistrians have the right to break away or secede from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova, respectively, and create their own independent states according to the norms and principles of international law concerning the right to self-determination of peoples?
Soon after the collapse of the USSR, a vibrant arms trade appeared in the Gall region of Georgia where many entrepreneurs became wealthy selling weapons to Abkhazians.