|Mirab Boris-ipa Kishmaria
Мираб Борис-иҧа Кишьмариа
|8th Minister of Defence of Abkhazia|
10 May 2007
|Preceded by||Sultan Sosnaliyev|
|Born||3 August 1961
Ochamchira, Ochamchira district, Abkhazian ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR
Mirab Boris-ipa Kishmaria (Abkhaz: Мираб Борис-иҧа Кишьмариа, Russian: Мира́б Бори́сович Кишма́рия) is the current Minister of Defence of the Republic of Abkhazia, which enjoys only limited recognition internationally.
Early life and career 
Mirab Kishmaria was born 3 August 1961 in Ochamchira in what was then the Abkhazian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1984 he graduated from the Almaty general command college. From June 1987 until February 1989 Kishmaria fought with the 40th division of the Soviet army in Afghanistan. During the 1992-1993 War in Abkhazia, Kishmaria was commander of the eastern front of the Abkhazian army, in the Ochamchira district.
Political career 
On 22 March 2005 Mirab Kishmaria became First Deputy Minister of Defence. After Sultan Sosnaliyev resigned as Defence Minister on 8 May 2007, Kishmaria became acting Minister of Defence on 10 May. He was appointed permanently to the post on 26 July.
Mirab Kishmaria is married to a Georgian wife, they have 11 children. Out of these, seven fought in the 1992-1993 war with Georgia, and two died therein.
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