About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
Putin in Sokhumi for Bagapsh Funeral
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2 Jun.'11 / 16:16

Russia’s PM stands in front of the open coffin at the funeral of Abkhaz 
leader Sergey Bagapsh, Sokhumi, June 2. Photo: Russian PM’s press office.

Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, arrived in Sokhumi on June 2 to attend a funeral ceremony of the breakaway region’s leader Sergey Bagapsh, who died on May 29.

Putin bowed his head in front of the open coffin and then approached Bagapsh’s daughter and widow to express his condolences.

Bagapsh who died a week after lung surgery in a Moscow hospital at the age of 62 will be buried in his home village of Jgiarda in the Ochamchire district.

Although problems with Bagapsh health were rumored in Abkhazia, his death anyway came as a surprise.

Vice president Alexander Ankvab is now an acting president before the snap elections, which should be held within three months. Commentators with knowledge of the Abkhaz affairs predict that Ankvab, along with the breakaway region’s prime minister Sergey Shamba, as well as opposition figure Raul Khajimba are likely candidates for the presidency. Some also mention the name of Abkhaz businessman and a politician Beslan Butba among the potential candidates.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Nino Kalandadze, said a day after Bagapsh death that passing away of the Abkhaz leader would not “change anything significantly” for Tbilisi. She also said that it would be difficult to predict how events would develop there taking into consideration that Abkhazia “is occupied and controlled by Russia.”

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2023, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.