Valeriy Hubulov

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Valeriy Nikolaevich Hubulov
Валерий Николаевич Хубулов
Defense Minister of South Ossetia
In office
1993 – 1996?
President Lyudvig Chibirov
Prime Minister of South Ossetia
In office
25 September 1996 – 2 December 1996
President Lyudvig Chibirov
Preceded by Vladislav Gabarayev
Succeeded by Aleksandr Shavlokhov
Personal details
Born (1966-11-06)6 November 1966[1]
Tskhinvali, Soviet Union
Died 31 May 1998(1998-05-31) (aged 31)
Vladikavkaz, Russia

Valeriy Nikolaevich Hubulov (Russian: Валерий Николаевич Хубулов, 6 November 1966 – 31 May 1998) was a South Ossetian politician, who was minister of defense and acting prime minister in 1996. He was assassinated in 1998 while in Russia.

Hubulov was born in Tskhinvali in 1966. He was trained as a high school teacher at Tskhinvali University, specializing in physics and mathematics.[2] He graduated in 1990. From 1984 till 1986, Hubulov served in the Soviet Army.[3] In 1991 he was elected the First Secretary of the South Ossetian Komsomol and as a member of the Central Committee of Soviet Komsomol.[2]

Order of Leon

Hubulov was an active participant in the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War, leading and coordinating various resistance groups against the Georgian invasion. After the war, he participated in the signing of the Sochi agreement. He also fought in the War in Abkhazia (1992–1993), leading a South Ossetian unit fighting on the Abkhazian side, for which he was awarded the Order of Leon by president Vladislav Ardzinba.[2]

In 1993, Hubulov initiated the founding of the South Ossetian ministry of defense, of which he became the first minister. At the same time, he was also made deputy PM in the cabinet of Gerasim Khugayev.[2]

When PM Vladislav Gabarayev was fired in August 1996, Hubulov, as deputy PM, succeeded him and became acting prime minister for several months, until a replacement was found in Aleksandr Shavlokhov.[4]

Valeriy Hubulov was assassinated by unknown killers at the market place of Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia–Alania on 31 May 1998. The gunmen opened fire on his car with AK-47s. Later, police found his car blown up in the yard of a neighbouring school, but the murderers were never caught.[2]


  1. ^ (Russian) [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e (English) Necrology of Valeriy Khubulov
  3. ^ (Russian) Necrology of Valeriy Khubulov
  4. ^ (Russian) Rulers of South Ossetia
Political offices
Preceded by
Vladislav Gabarayev
Prime Minister of South Ossetia
Succeeded by
Aleksandr Shavlokhov