Ochamchira District

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This article is about Ochamchira district of Republic of Abkhazia. For Ochamchire district of Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, see Ochamchire District.
Ochamchira District
ოჩამჩირის რაიონი
Очамчыра араион
Очамчырский район
Orthodox cathedral in the village of Mokva
Orthodox cathedral in the village of Mokva
Location of Ochamchira district in Abkhazia
Location of Ochamchira district in Abkhazia
Country  Abkhazia[1]
Capital Ochamchira
 • Administration Head Khrips Jopua
Population (2011)
 • Total 24,868
Time zone MSK (UTC+3)
Area differs from the administrative division of Georgia.[2]

Ochamchira district is a district of the Abkhazia. Its capital is Ochamchira, the town by the same name. The district is smaller than the Ochamchire district in the de jure subdivision of Georgia, as some of its former territory is now part of Tkvarcheli district, formed by de facto Abkhaz authorities in 1995. The population of the Ochamchira district is 24,629 according to the 2003 census.[3] Until the August 2008 Battle of the Kodori Valley, some mountainous parts of the district were still under Georgian control, as part of Upper Abkhazia.


In 1997, Khrips Jopua became Head of Administration.[4]

After Sergei Bagapsh became president in 2005, he appointed Vladimir Atumava to succeed Appolon Dumaa on 21 February 2005.[5] 22 February 2007 Atumava was released from office and temporarily replaced by his deputy Ramaza Jopua.[6] On 3 April Daur Tarba became the new head of the administration.[7] On 18 December 2008, Tarba asked to be released from office, and he was replaced by Murman Jopua, who had until then been vice head. The new vice head is Zurab Kajaia.[8] Tarba went on to become chairman of United Abkhazia.[9]

On 3 June 2014, following the 2014 Abkhazian political crisis, acting President Valeri Bganba dismissed Murman Jopua, as had been demanded by protesters, and appointed his Deputy Mikhail Agrba as acting District Head.[10] After the election of Raul Khajimba as President, he on 28 October appointed Beslan Akhuba as acting Head in Agrba's stead.[11] On 21 July 2015 Akhuba was in turn replaced by Khrips Jopua as acting Head, who had been Head of the State Repatriation Committe until recently and who had already governed Ochamchira District between 1997 and 2004.[12] On 25 September, Jopua was appointed permanently to the post.[13]

List of Governors[edit]

# Name Entered office Left office President Comments
Chairmen of the District Soviet:
Sergei Bagapsh 1991 [14] 1992 [14]
Heads of the District Administration:
Batal Tapagua October 1993 [14] September 1995 [14] Vladislav Ardzinba
Zaur Zarandia 1995 [15] 1998 [15]
Khrips Jopua 1997 [4] ≥ March 2004
Appolon Dumaa ≤ July 2004 21 February 2005 [5]
Vladimir Atumava 21 February 2005 [5] 22 February 2007 [6] Sergei Bagapsh
Ramaza Jopua 22 February 2007 [6] 3 April 2007 Acting
Daur Tarba 3 April 2007 [7] 18 December 2008 [8]
Murman Jopua 18 December 2008 [8] 29 May 2011
29 May 2011 3 June 2014 [10] Alexander Ankvab
Mikhail Agrba 3 June 2014 [10] 28 October 2014 [11] Valeri Bganba Acting
Beslan Akhuba 28 October 2014 [11] 21 July 2015 Raul Khajimba Acting
Khrips Jopua 21 July 2015 [12] Present Second time


According to 2011 census, the population of the district was 24 868 people, consisting of:[3]


The district's main settlements are:

See also[edit]


  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. ^ In the administrative division of Georgia, Ochamchira district has an area of 1,868 km2, but this includes most of Tkvarcheli district and on the other hand does not include part of Gali district.
  3. ^ a b 1989, 2003 Census results
  4. ^ a b "Хрипс Джопуа – председатель Госкомитета по репатриации". Apsnypress. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Указ Президента Абхазии №8 от 21.02.2005". Администрация Президента Республики Абхазия. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Указ Президента Абхазии №8 от 21.02.2005". Apsnypress. 21 February 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Regnum.ru Президент Абхазии назначил главу Очамчирского района, 04.04.2007
  8. ^ a b c "Даур Тарба освобожден от должности главы Администрации Очамчирского района в связи с переходом на другую работу". Администрация Президента Республики Абхазия. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c "Мурман Джопуа освобожден от должности главы администрации Очамчырского района.". Apsnypress. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "У К А З «Об исполняющем обязанности главы администрации Очамчырского района»". Apsnypress. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Хрипс Джопуа назначен и.о. главы Администрации Очамчырского района". Apsnypress. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Хрипс Джопуа назначен главой Администрации Очамчырского района". Apsnypress. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d Lakoba, Stanislav. "Кто есть кто в Абхазии". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Avidzba, V Sh, ed. (2015). АБХАЗСКИЙ БИОГРАФИЧЕСКИЙ СЛОВАРЬ. Moscow - Sukhum: Abkhazian Institute for Humanistic Studies. p. 336. Retrieved 20 December 2015.