Igor Akhba

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Igor Muratovich Akhba
Игор Мурат-иҧа Ахба
იგორ ახბა
Игорь Муратович Ахба
1st Ambassador of Abkhazia to Russia
Assumed office
10 December 2008
7th Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
In office
28 July 2004 – 14 December 2004
Preceded by Gueorgui Otyrba
Succeeded by Sergei Shamba
Personal details
Born 5 February 1949 (1949-02-05) (age 67)
Sukhumi, Abkhazian ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR

Igor Muratovich Akhba (Abkhaz: Игор Мурат-иҧа Ахба; Georgian: იგორ ახბა; Russian: Игорь Муратович Ахба) (born 5 February 1949), is the current ambassador of the Republic of Abkhazia to the Russian Federation, and a one time Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Early life and career[edit]

Akhba with President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev at the ceremony for the presentation of ambassadorial Letters of Credence.

Igor Akhba was born 5 February 1949 in Sukhumi, in what was then the Abkhazian ASSR. In 1972 he graduated from the faculty of law of the Moscow State University. In 1975 Akhba obtained a degree in Public and International Law from the Post-graduate Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1976 until 1989 Akhba worked as a research fellow with the V. I. Lenin State Library of the USSR. From 1989 until 1992 he was an assistant in the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.

Diplomatic and political career[edit]

In 1992, Igor Akhba was named presidential plenipotentiary to Russia, a post he has held ever since. On 28 July 2004, Akhba was temporarily appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia by outgoing President Vladislav Ardzinba.[1] On 14 December 2004, shortly after the height of the crisis following the 2004 presidential election, he was replaced by Sergei Shamba and returned to his posting in Moscow.[2]

On 26 August 2008 the Republic of Abkhazia was formally recognised as independent by the Russian Federation, on 9 September the two states established diplomatic relations and on 14 November Igor Akhba was appointed as the first Abkhazian ambassador to Russia.[3] On 10 December 2008 he presented his credentials to Grigory Karasin, the State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,[4] and presented his Letter of Credence to President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on 16 January 2009.[5]


Igor Akhba is married and has a child.[3]



Political offices
Preceded by
Gueorgui Otyrba
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
28 July–14 December 2004
Succeeded by
Sergei Shamba
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
New title
Ambassador of Abkhazia to Russia
10 December 2008–present
Succeeded by