Leonid Tibilov

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Leonid Tibilov
3rd President of South Ossetia
Assumed office
19 April 2012
Prime Minister Vadim Brovtsev
Rostislav Khugayev
Domenty Kulumbegov
Preceded by Vadim Brovtsev (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1952-03-28) 28 March 1952 (age 63)
Verkhny Dvan, Georgian SSR, USSR
(now South Ossetia)
Political party Independent

Leonid Tibilov (Ossetian: Тыбылты Харитъоны фырт Леонид, Tybylty Xarithony fyrt Leonid; Russian: Леонид Харитонович Тибилов, Georgian: ლეონიდ თიბილოვი; born 28 March 1952 in Verkhny Dvan, Znaur district[1]) is a South Ossetian politician who is the President of South Ossetia after winning the 2012 South Ossetian presidential election.


Leonid Tibilov is a former head of the South Ossetian KGB from 1992 to 1998.[2] He was then a first deputy prime minister and co-chaired a Georgian-Ossetian peacekeeping commission.[2] Tibilov stood at the 2006 presidential election losing to Eduard Kokoity, who won 98% of the vote.[3]

Before the 2012 election Tibilov distanced himself from the outgoing President Eduard Kokoity.[4] Tibilov is reported to be loyal to Russia and pledged to consult Russia before appointing a government if he was successful at the election.[4]

In the first round of the 2012 Presidential election, Tibilov received 42.5% of the vote to lead David Sanakoyev.[5] In the second round, Tibilov was elected president with 54% of the vote.[6]


  1. ^ "South Ossetia to hold new round of voting". Vestnik Kavkaza. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: South Ossetian separatist presidential election". BBC News Online. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Third Attempt to Elect New Leader in Breakaway S.Ossetia". Civil Georgia. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Tsvetkova, Maria (26 March 2012). "Ex-KGB chief leads South Ossetia presidential race". Reuters. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Former KGB chief wins South Ossetia". The Telegraph. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ex-KGB man wins South Ossetia presidential election". Reuters. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Vadim Brovtsev
President of South Ossetia