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Khelvachauri is located in Georgia
Location of Khelvachauri in Georgia
Khelvachauri is located in Adjara
Khelvachauri (Adjara)
Coordinates: 41°35′08″N 41°40′08″E / 41.58556°N 41.66889°E / 41.58556; 41.66889
Country Georgia
Autonomous RepublicAdjara
80 m (260 ft)
 • Total1,085
Time zoneUTC+4 (Georgian Time)

Khelvachauri (Georgian: ხელვაჩაური [xɛlvɑtʃʰɑuri]) is a village in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in the southwest of Georgia, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southeast of the regional capital Batumi and situated on the right bank of the Chorokhi River. Between 1968 and 2011 it was a daba (urban-type settlement), but due to municipal border changes by far most of the town was absorbed into the city municipality of Batumi and Khelvachauri was downgraded to a village.[2]

The territorial transfer also included the locations of the administrative centers of the Municipality of Khelvachauri. This means that Khelvachauri municipality is governed since 2011 from the territory of another municipality, Batumi. The remaining part of Khelvachauri that was left within the Khelvachauri Municipality falls administratively under the Sharabidze community (თემი, temi) of the municipality. Since then, roughly 1,100 people live in the village, which name is derived from the Khelvachadze family. The part annexed by Batumi has a center function for the surrounding villages with administrative, educational and health institutions, and businesses and remains the governing center for Khelvachauri Municipality.

During the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, several targets near Khelvachauri were bombed by the Russian air force, including a military base[3][4] that had been handed over by the Russian army a year earlier as part of the agreed departure from Georgia.[5] Until the end of 2007, the Russian 12th Military Base was located in Batumi and Khelvachauri.


The 2014 census counted 1,085 residents in the remainder of Khelvachauri.[1] Due to the demotion of the town, it is no longer included in the annually published population statistics of the National Statistical Bureau, Geostat. The population consists almost entirely of Georgians.

1923 1939 1959 1970 1979 1989 2002[6] 2014
Khelvachauri < 2012 310 - - Increase 2,874 Increase 3,238 Increase 5,104 Increase 6,143 -
Khelvachauri > 2012 - - - - - - [7] 1,142 Decrease 1,085
Data: Population statistics Georgia 1897 to present.[8][9] Note:[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Main Results of the 2014 Census (Publication)" (PDF)., National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat) (in Georgian). 28 April 2016. p. 39. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  2. ^ "On changing the administrative boundaries between the self-governing city of Batumi and Khelvachauri municipality and the self-governing city of Batumi and Kobuleti municipality". Legislative Herald of Georgia (in Georgian). 14 June 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Overnight Air Strikes Across Georgia". 11 August 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Georgian territories bombed by Russian jets". Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Georgia: Russian Base In Batumi Enters Its Last Phase". RFE/RL. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b The 2014 census found an inexplicable gap with the data from the national statistical office Geostat. UN-assisted research has found the 2002 census was inflated by about 8-9 percent. See,[10] "1. Introduction", Page 1.
  7. ^ "Census 2014 - population all settlements 2002/2014". Population Statistics Eastern Europe and former USSR. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Population cities & towns of Georgia". Population Statistics Eastern Europe and former USSR. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Ethnic Composition of Rural georgia in 1923". Population Statistics Eastern Europe and former USSR. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Population Dynamics in Georgia - An Overview Based on the 2014 General Population Census Data" (PDF). National Statistics Office of Georgia, Geostat. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2022.