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    20 May 2023
20.05.2023 16:52
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

Ambassadors-at-Large of the Abkhaz foreign ministry Kan Taniya and Vito Grittani appeared live on Canale Italia.

On May 19, 2023 from 21:00 to 23:00 (Moscow time) the Ambassadors-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Kan Taniya and Vito Grittani took part in the program Notizie Oggi Lineasera of the major Italian TV channel Canale Italia .

The broadcast lasted for two hours and the full recording is available at

The topic of the program was Russia's special military operation in Ukraine and a comparative analysis with other conflicts in the post-Soviet space in general. In particular, the Georgian-Abkhazian war of 1992-1993 and the way of formation of the modern Abkhazian state was touched upon. Abkhazian diplomats Kan Taniya and Vito Grittani who were invited to the program told about the differences between the Georgian-Abkhazian war and a special military operation of Russia in Ukraine, why Georgia unleashed the war against Abkhazia and why the people of Abkhazia after the victory chose the path of building a sovereign state. "Two referendums were held in Abkhazia in 1994 and in 1999, where the people unambiguously decided the future of the country - building a sovereign, democratic, legal state," said Kan Taniya. 

Moreover, the diplomats spoke about the purpose for which Abkhaz volunteers of the “Pyatnashka” Brigade, created by Akhra Avidzba, have been defending Donbass since 2014. 
"Abkhaz volunteers went to defend the people of Donbass because they could not remain indifferent to the systematic discrimination based on ethnicity by the Kiev authorities. This is the same disrespect for the native language, culture and traditions that Georgians showed to Abkhazians at one time," said Kan Taniya.  

Vito Grittani told about the challenges faced by citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia in the EU: "at the moment diplomas of higher education, passports and other documents issued in the Republic of Abkhazia are not recognized by the European Union. In this regard, together with competent lawyers we have prepared an appeal and sent it to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy Antonio Tajani with a request to organize a working group to develop a mechanism for the citizens of Abkhazia to realize their basic human rights for access to education and medicine". 

​​​​​​​Italian legal experts and journalists Gianfranco Vestuto, MarcoPata, NicolaMarzaro, who visited 
Donbas as international observers during the referendums in the DNR, LNR, Kherson and Zaporozhe regions, as well as Ennio Bordato, head of the association "Help save children" AIUTATECI A SALVARE I BAMBINI ONLUS were also present in the studio. 

The Abkhazian diplomats would like to express their special gratitude to the host of the program Vito Monaco for providing an important platform in order to share the objective information about the Republic of Abkhazia. 

20.05.2023 16:02
Sukhum, Republic of Abkhazia

WAC held a master class on national games at the Sukhum School No. 5

The WAC held another national games master class. This time it was held at the Municipal School No. 5 named after Efrem Eshba in Sukhum. It was held by the head of the WAC department for youth development and physical culture Valery Berzenia. He told about the Abkhazian national games "Aimtsakyachara" (Abkhazian folk ball game - ed.) and "Akhylpakhas" (in translation from the Abkhaz - "catching a hat" - ed.), and then they played these games together with the students.

Students of the physical education department of the Abkhazian State University Alex Ankvab, Keon Butba and Stanislav Makhrov also took part in the master class together with schoolchildren. They helped schoolchildren during the game and assisted the referee.

20.05.2023 15:54
Sukhum, Republic of Abkhazia

WAC took part in a round table on issues of interethnic relations among young people.

The head of the WAC department for work with local branches, Dmitry Zhiba, took part in a round table entitled “Interethnic relations among youth. Development of the volunteer movement and public cooperation between Abkhazia and Russia”.

The meeting was devoted to the issues of expanding international cooperation between civil society institutions of Abkhazia and Russia. One of the main tasks is to establish interaction between leaders and activists of non-profit organizations in Sukhum and Sochi.

The round table was organized by the State Committee for Youth Affairs and Sports with the assistance of the public organization of the Association of Youth of Abkhazia "Apeipsh".

20.05.2023 15:49
Sukhum, Republic of Abkhazia

WAC held a master class on national games at Sukhum School No. 10

Another master class on national games was held at the Sukhum Gorskaya High School No. 10 named after Nestor Lakoba. The head of the WAC department for the development of youth and physical culture, Valery Berzenia, began the meeting with a story about the Abkhazian folk games "Aimtsakyachara" (Abkhazian folk ball game - ed.) and "Akhylpakhas" (in translation from the Abkhaz "cap catching" - ed.).
Having studied the rules, the students immediately went to play, simultaneously sharpening their skills.

20.05.2023 15:42
Gal, Republic of Abkhazia

The WAC project "Аҿар рыбжьы" was held in the town of Gal.

The final master class of the project "Аҿар рыбжьы" (in translation from the Abkhaz "Voice of Youth") project was held in Gal. The meeting was organized by the World Abaza Congress together with the composer and musician Abzagu Marykhuba.
The participants were 10 students of the Gal School No. 2 named after D.V. Muratia. Pop singer Artem Kacharaa and musician, participant of the musical show "Apsny-Star" Irakli Dzhumutia shared their experience with children.
"Аҿар рыбжьы" is a pilot project of the WAC, aimed at identifying musical talents among the youth of Abkhazia. The project started in February. The pilot meeting was held in Gudauta.