Sokrat Jinjolia

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Sokrat Rachevich Jinjolia
Сократ Аџьынџьал
1st Speaker of the People's Assembly of Abkhazia
In office
Deputy Ruslan Kharabua, Oleg Petrov
Succeeded by Nugzar Ashuba
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Abkhazia
In office
President Vladislav Ardzinba
Preceded by Vazha Zarandia
Succeeded by Gennadi Gagulia (as Prime Minister of Abkhazia)
1st Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
In office
President Vladislav Ardzinba
Preceded by Said Tarkil (acting))
Succeeded by Leonid Lakerbaia
Personal details
Born (1937-12-11) December 11, 1937 (age 79)
Agubedia, Ochamchira district, Abkhazian ASSR, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union

Sokrat Rachevich Jinjolia (Abkhaz: Сократ Аџьынџьал, Georgian: სოკრატ ჯინჯოლია; born 11 December 1937) was the second Prime Minister and the second foreign minister of the internationally unrecognised Republic of Abkhazia from 1993 to 1994. He has also been the speaker of the People's Assembly of Abkhazia from 1996[1] until he lost his seat in the 2002 parliamentary elections to Anatoly Khashba, and was succeeded by Nugzar Ashuba. He graduated from the Department of Russian Language and Literature Faculty of Philology of Sukhumi Pedagogical Institute. In 1956-1959 he served in the Soviet Army. After transferring to the Army reserve, he worked on Tkvarcheli power plant, and in 1967 was elected secretary to the Tkvarcheli City Council. Between 1985 and 1988 he worked on the Tkvarcheli Party Committee, becoming head of the Department of Agitation and Propaganda. In 1988-1992 - chief editor of "Tkvarchalsky miner." In 1991 he was elected to the Supreme Council, and in 1992 he became deputy chairman of the Abkhazian armed forces. In 1993 appointed Prime Minister. He headed the official delegation to Abkhazia, the peace talks in Geneva. Elected speaker of the new parliament - the National Assembly - the first and second convocations. He is married. He has two children. During the 2004 presidential elections, Jinjolia was head of opposition candidate Sergei Bagapsh's election team.[2] He has since become the head of the Sukhumi branch of the Caucasian Institute for Democracy. Recently, Jinjolia became a member of the newly founded Public Chamber of Abkhazia.


Political offices
Preceded by
Vazha Zarandia
Prime Minister of Abkhazia
Succeeded by
Gennady Gagulia
Preceded by
Said Tarkil (acting)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia
Succeeded by
Leonid Lakerbaia
Preceded by
Speaker of the People's Assembly of Abkhazia
1996 –2002
Succeeded by
Nugzar Ashuba