Otar Chkhartishvili

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Otar Chkhartishvili (Georgian: ოთარ ჩხარტიშვილი, Russian: Отар Чхартишвили; born 1950) is a retired Georgian naval officer who served, successively, in the Soviet, Russian, and Georgian navies. His last appointment was as the commander of the Georgian navy from 1997 to 1998.

Chkhartishvili, Captain 1st Rank, had a background with a 25-years service in the Soviet and Russian navies and had been a deputy chief of staff of a guided missile cruiser division in the Russian Northern Fleet by March 1997, when he was recruited by the government of Georgia and appointed to succeed Rear-Admiral Alexander Javakhishvili as the commander of the Georgian navy.[1][2] In May 1998, the newly appointed Defense Minister David Tevzadze dismissed Chkhartishvili, accusing him of "financial irregularities" and "logistical incompetence".[3] In June 1998, he was arrested and brought to trial on charges of abuse of office and embezzlement. In December 2000, he was acquitted as the court found him not guilty of misappropriating 50,000 GEL (US$27,000) through an illegal arms deal involving the importation of patrol boats from Ukraine.[4][5]


  1. ^ Gause, Ken (May 1, 1997). "New navy commander appointed in Georgia". Jane's Intelligence Review. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Georgia Names New Navy Leader, Repeats Call For Part Of Soviet Fleet.". Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 49. March 11, 1997. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Georgian Naval Commander Fired". RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 2, No. 97. 22 May 1998. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Anjaparidze, Zaal (February 18, 2000). "Scandals Shake The Georgian Military". Prism Volume: 6 Issue: 2. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Georgian Naval Captain Acquitted". RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 249. 29 December 2000. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Javakhishvili
Commander of the Georgian Navy
Succeeded by
Zurab Iremadze