Labra (village)

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Armenian: Լաբրա
Abkhazian: Лабра
Georgian: ლაბრა
Labra is located in Abkhazia
Location of Labra in Abkhazia
Labra is located in Georgia
Labra (Georgia)
Coordinates: 42°48′40″N 41°23′46″E / 42.811°N 41.396°E / 42.811; 41.396Coordinates: 42°48′40″N 41°23′46″E / 42.811°N 41.396°E / 42.811; 41.396
Partially recognized stateAbkhazia[1]
Time zoneUTC+4 (MSK)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+5

Labra (Armenian: Լաբրա, Abkhazian: Лабра, Georgian: ლაბრა) is a village in Ochamchira district, Abkhazia. 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.[2][3][4][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?]

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  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formal recognition as an independent state from 7 out of 193 United Nations member states, 1 of which has subsequently withdrawn its recognition.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. ^ 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.