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Variani  ვარიანი is located in Georgia
Variani  ვარიანი
Location of Variani in Georgia
Coordinates: 42°04′30″N 44°01′54″E / 42.07500°N 44.03167°E / 42.07500; 44.03167
Country  Georgia
Mkhare Shida Kartli
District (Raioni) Gori District
Population (2008)
 • Total 1,500
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)

Variani (Georgian: ვარიანი) is a village in the Gori District of Shida Kartli, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Gori. As of 2008, it had a population of 1,500.[1]

Variani is best known for being the birthplace of Iakob Gogebashvili and the location of the Iakob Gogebashvili House Museum,[2] being a border village to the South Ossetia disputed territory, and being occupied by Russian forces in the 2008 South Ossetia war[3] until 8 October 2008.[4]

Notable people[edit]

In addition to Iakob Gogebashvili, who was born in Variani in 1841, the boxer Georgi Kandelaki who won the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships in the Superheavyweight category[5] and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics, was born on 10 April 1971 in Variani.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chivers, C.J. (18 August 2008). "In Battered Villages, Georgians Speak, if They Dare". The New York Times - Europe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Flynn, Tom (26 August 2008). "Fog of war obscures state of cultural heritage sites in Georgia". Georgian Daily Independent Voice. Georgian Daily. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Giorgadze, Nino (31 August 2008). "Beyond Russian Checkpoints". Country: Georgia - Topics: Conflict & War, Displacement, Emergencies. Mercy Corps. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Still No Russian Withdrawal from Akhalgori - Minister". Civil Georgia. Daily News Online. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Children's Dream Is to Be World Champions in Boxing". News. IRC-Georgia. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Giorgi K'andelak'i". Olympics at - Athletes. Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

Coordinates: 42°4′N 44°2′E / 42.067°N 44.033°E / 42.067; 44.033