Labra (village)

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Labra (Armenian: Լաբրա, Abkhaz: Лабра, Georgian: ლაბრა ) is a village in Ochamchira district, Abkhazia.[1] It is populated predominantly by Hamshen Armenians who founded the village in 1890 after emigration from Ordu in the Ottoman Empire.[2]

In February and March 1993, during the Georgian-Abkhazian war, Labra was looted and destroyed by Georgian forces, who subjected inhabitants to torture, rape and murder.[3][4][2][unreliable source?] These and similar events in other villages convinced the Armenian population of Gagra District, who had resolved to stay neutral, to join the Abkhazian side of the war, forming the Bagramyan Battalion.[3][4][unreliable source?]


  1. ^ Abkhazia's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider Abkhazia de jure a part of Georgia's territory. In Georgia's official subdivision it is an autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi.
  2. ^ a b Abkhazia Armenians: Holding a home in an unstable territory, AGBU, 1 November 2004 Archived October 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Amshentsi, Lavrenti (11 November 2002). "Армянский акцент грузино-абхазского конфликта". GazetaSNG. Archived from the original on 20 May 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Studenikin, Alexander (2002). "Roots of the 1992-1993 Georgian-Abkhaz Armed Conflict". Eksport Vooruzheniy (6). Retrieved 28 February 2016. 

Coordinates: 42°48′40″N 41°23′46″E / 42.811°N 41.396°E / 42.811; 41.396