Sukhumi District

Sukhum District is one of the districts of Abkhazia, Georgia’s breakaway republic. It corresponds to the eponymous Georgian municipality. Its capital is Sukhumi, the town by the same name, which is also the capital of entire Abkhazia. The population of the district is 11,531 according to the 2011 census. The city of Sukhumi is a separate administrative entity with more than 60,000 inhabitants.[2]

Sukhumi District

სოხუმის რაიონი
Аҟәа араион
Сухумский район
Kamani village and surrounding mountains
Kamani village and surrounding mountains
Location of Sukhumi in Abkhazia
Coordinates: 43°12′00″N 41°00′00″E / 43.2000°N 41.0000°E / 43.2000; 41.0000Coordinates: 43°12′00″N 41°00′00″E / 43.2000°N 41.0000°E / 43.2000; 41.0000
Country Georgia
De facto state Abkhazia[1]
 • GovernorBeslan Avidzba
 • Total1,523 km2 (588 sq mi)
 • Total11,531
 • Density7.6/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK)


According to the 2011 Census, Sukhumi District had a population of 11,531:[3]


The district's main settlements are:

  • Sukhumi (serves as the capital of the district, but is not included in it)
  • Pskhu


Lev Avidzba was reappointed as Administration Head on 10 May 2001 following the March 2001 local elections.[4]

On 2 April 2003, President Ardzinba dismissed Lev Avidzba and appointed State Security Service Chairman Zurab Agumava as acting District Head.[5] Agumava remained in this post until in 2006 he was appointed Military Prosecutor by Ardzinba's successor Sergei Bagapsh.[6]

On 21 February 2007, before the local elections, President Bagapsh temporarily prolonged Vladimir Avidzba tenure as Head of the District Administration.[7][8] After Avidzba was re-elected, he was permanently re-appointed on 21 March.[9]

On 12 June 2012, President Alexander Ankvab dismissed Avidzba for reaching the age of retirement, and awarded him with the order Akhdz-Apsha in the third degree for his long government service. On the same day, Ankvab appointed Head of the Education Department Zhuzhuna Bigvava as Avidzba's successor.[10]

Following the May 2014 Revolution and the election of Raul Khajimba as President, on 28 October 2014 he dismissed Bigvava and appointed Beslan Avidzba as acting Head of the Administration.[11] Avidzba was permanently appointed after local elections were held, on 2 June 2016.[12]

List of Administration HeadsEdit

# Name Entered office Left office President Comments
Heads of the District Administration:
Lev Avidzba October 1993 2 April 2003 [5] Vladislav Ardzinba
Zurab Agumava 2 April 2003 [5] 12 February 2005
12 February 2005 2006 Sergei Bagapsh
Vladimir Avidzba 2006 29 May 2011
29 May 2011 12 June 2012 [10] Alexander Ankvab
Zhuzhuna Bigvava 12 June 2012 [10] Present
1 June 2014 28 October 2014 [11] Valeri Bganba
Beslan Avidzba 28 October 2014 [11] Present Raul Khajimba

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Abkhazia is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Abkhazia and Georgia. The Republic of Abkhazia unilaterally declared independence on 23 July 1992, but Georgia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory and designates it as a territory occupied by Russia. Abkhazia has received formal recognition as an independent state from 7 out of 193 United Nations member states, 1 of which has subsequently withdrawn its recognition.
  2. ^ 2011 Census results
  3. ^ Sukhumi Region 2011 census
  4. ^ "Выпуск № 92". Apsnypress. 10 May 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Выпуск № 057". Apsnypress. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  6. ^ "ЗУРАБ АГУМАВА ИЗБРАН СУДЬЕЙ ВЕРХОВНОГО СУДА АБХАЗИИ". Abkhazia-Inform. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  7. ^ Kuchuberia, Anzhela (21 February 2007). "Багапш назначил исполняющих обязанности глав администраций нескольких районов Абхазии". Caucasian Knot. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Президент назначил исполняющих обязанности глав четырех районов Абхазии". Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Президент продлил полномочия действующих глав региональных администраций". Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b c "Жужуна Бигвава назначена главой Администрации Сухумского района". Apsnypress. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  11. ^ a b c "У К А З "Об исполняющем обязанности главы администрации Сухумского района"". Apsnypress. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.