Master of Sports of Abkhazia and Russia Oleg Bebiia died on May 10, 2023 during the evacuation of wounded soldiers in the special operation. For his courage, he was posthumously awarded a medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Order of Courage and the 1st degree Golden Cross of St. George. Read about the life and death of a fighter with the call sign “Falcon” in the story of the journalist, Chairman of the Women’s Council of the WAC Ekaterina Bebiia.

Ekaterina Bebia

Every century has its own heroes, new feats are accomplished and the memory of them is preserved. Following the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia 1992-1993 the time has come for new defenders and for new heroes who also bravely defend the positions of the Motherland in its fight against Nazism and fascism during the special military operation in the Donbass. Among them are the bravest sons of our little Abkhazia. To date, 30 courageous young people from our republic have died in the battle, including a person close to me, my nephew Oleg Borisovich Bebiia.

Oleg’s family roots are from the village of Kutol, Ochamchira region. But he was born (February 11, 1982) and grew up in the village of Agudzera, Gulrypsh region. Oleg Bebiia is a graduate of Gulrypsh Secondary School named after Daur Bigvava. Since childhood, the boy showed great talent for sports, especially boxing. When he began to participate in sports competitions, experienced coaches from Russia noticed his potential. A handsome and slim young man attracted their attention. After graduating from school, Oleg moved to Russia at the invitation of boxing coach Igor Galentinovich Ugrozov and trained under him in the boxing section of the “Combat Gloves” sports club. In parallel with training and competitions, from 1998 to 2000, Oleg studied at the Professional Lyceum No. 36 in the city of Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad region, specializing in carpentry master. In August 2000, he was awarded the title of “Master of Sports of Russia.”

In 2002, he entered the Leningrad State Regional University named after A.S. Pushkin to the Faculty of Physical Culture. Oleg stood out among the students of this university. He was enrolled in the St. Petersburg boxing team. His hard work, perseverance and tenacity helped him achieve his goals - he quickly and boldly moved forward in his sports career. Oleg Bebiia’s important criteria for establishing the status of a successful boxer were sports experience, the number of fights and victories, as well as sports title. In a short time, the name of Oleg Borisovich became famous not only in Russia, but also abroad.

In 2006, Oleg Bebiia suffered a serious eye injury while working as a metal smelter at a radioactive material processing plant. After two surgeries and a long period of rehabilitation, unfortunately, he was forced to finish his sports career.
Oleg started a family. He lived in the city of Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad region. His wife, Yulia Vasilievna Bebiia, graduated from the Northwestern branch of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Russia, received a higher education in economics, and her last job was as a leading specialist at the Pension Fund of Russia. Oleg and Yulia have three children and a granddaughter, Anya. The eldest daughter Christina is a nurse and married. His son Bagrat participates in competitions of the “atomclass” network and was awarded diplomas. Daughter Diana practices judo and has a yellow belt and awards. Before the start of the special operation, Oleg planned to return to Abkhazia to take up sports coaching work. However, things don’t always work out the way you want.

In September 2022, Oleg Bebiia was mobilized to the Northern Military District as an operator of an anti-tank guided missile squad of a fire support platoon of a motorized rifle company of a motorized rifle battalion. Of course, he could have refused to participate in the special operation by presenting his medical history, but he did not do this. The service took place in the Kupyansky direction, in the village of Olshana, Kharkov region. Oleg Borisovich fought courageously and desperately. His call sign was “Falcon”.
On March 13, 2023, Oleg was awarded the “Participant of the Special Military Operation” medal for his military services. On May 10, 2023, Oleg Bebiia died during the evacuation of wounded soldiers from the front line. By order of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, he was awarded a medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, posthumously awarded the Order of Courage and the 1st degree Golden Cross of St. George.

Oleg’s tragic death shattered the health of his father Boris (Ramin) Karbeevich Bebiia. He passed away shortly after his son's funeral. Boris Karbeevich was a worthy man, devoted to his homeland. He raised two wonderful sons; for more than thirty years he worked at the Gulrypsh Secondary School, where he taught military science and was a caretaker. Boris Karbeevich enjoyed high authority among the teaching staff and students of the school.

Eternal memory to you, young, handsome, brave Oleg Bebiia! Eternal memory to you, Boris Bebiia, father who raised a real hero and himself lived his life with dignity, honesty and decency!