PhD in Philology, Director of Research of the Department of Literature of Gulia Abkhaz Institute for the Humanities, Abkhazian Encyclopaedia Research centre, Sukhum, Abkhazia

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Graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Abkhaz State University in 1984; in 1991, postgraduate studies at Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences.

PhD thesis:

Poetics of the Abkhaz novel (1992)

Scientific and organisational activities:

Head of “Abkhaz Encyclopaedia” research centre

Member of the editorial board of the journal “Two Centuries of Russian Classics” (IWL RAS)

Member of the editorial board of the journal “Bulletin of Science of Kerashev Adyghe Republican Institute of Humanitarian Investigations” (Maykop).

Honours and awards:

2005 – Decorated with the Order “Honor and Glory” of the third degree for his great contribution to the study of the history of Abkhazian literature and for his successes in organizing science in Abkhazia.

2008 – Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Abkhazia Dzidzaria in the field of science for the scientific publication of the book “The Newspaper ‘Abkhazia’ (1919–1921)”.

2011 – Decorated with of the Order of “Labour Glory” III degree of the Heraldic Council under the President of the Russian Federation for his great contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation between Russia and Abkhazia, for his high achievements in scientific and social activities.

2016 – Honorary title “Honoured Scientist of the Republic of Abkhazia” is awarded for achievements in scientific and organizational activities.


Scientific publications – over 80 publications, including six books

Selected scientific publications:


  • Literary horizons. Articles, interviews, speeches. Sukhumi, Abkhaz state publishing house, 2016. 224 p. (In Russ.)
  • Books by Abkhaz writers and literary critics. Bibliographical index. Sukhumi, Abkhaz state publishing house, 2016. 337 p. (In Abkhaz and Russian).
  • Traces of time. Articles. Sukhumi, Abkhaz state publishing house, 2009. 210 p. (In Abkhaz).
  • Fundamentals of literary theory. Sukhumi, Abkhaz State University, 2008. (In Abkhaz), (jointly with D. S. Adzhindzhal).
  • The newspaper “Abkhazia” (1919–1921). (Text preparation, foreword, comments by Vasily Sh. Avidzba). Sukhumi, Enlightenment publishing house, 2006. 612 p. (In Abkhaz; abstract in Russian).
  • Abkhaz novel. Sukhumi, Enlightenment publishing house, 1997. 162 p.



  • Abkhazia in Russian journalism of the 19th century. In International scientific conference “Russian literature & national statehood in the 18th and 19th centuries”. Abstracts of reports. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2020, pp. 8–11. (In Russ.)
  • Abkhazia in the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia. Encyclopedic issues, no. 2, 2019, pp. 53–59. (In Russ.)
  • K.S. Shakryl – citizen and scholar. Aqua-Sukhumi, no. 3, 2019, pp. 63–73. (In Russ.)
  • On literary heritage of A. A. Anshba. In International scientific conference “Folklore of the peoples of the Caucasus: historical heritage and modern performance”. Sukhumi, Abkhaz Institute for the Humanities Publ., 2019. (In Russ.)
  • On the first book by Kh. S. Bgazhba “A brief critical review of modern Abkhaz literature”. In National cultures in the modern world: literature, folklore. (In memoriam V. V. Kozhinov). Proceedings of the second international scientific conference. Sukhumi, Abkhaz Institute for the Humanities, 2015, pp. 163–168. (In Russ.)
  • Religion and politics in the studies of Abkhaz scientists. In Religion and politics in Southern Russia: aspects of interaction. Materials of the international conference. Moscow, Scientific society of Caucasian studies, Book World publishing house, 2015, pp. 192–202. (In Russ.)
  • Preface. In Abkhaz biographical dictionary, eds. Vasily Sh. Avidzba. Moscow – Sukhumi, Abkhaz Institute for the Humanities, 2015, pp. 5–7. (In Russ.)
  • Textual analysis of different editions of the collection “Poems and ditties” by D. I. Gulia. In Evolution of epic tradition. To the 80th jubilee of the Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia Sh. H. Salakaya. Sukhumi, NAAR publishing house, 2014, pp. 405–411. (In Russ.)
  • Mushni Khashba: life path and creative destiny. In National cultures in the modern world: literature, folklore. (On the materials of an international scientific conference). Moscow – Sukhumi, Abkhaz Institute for the Humanities Publ., 2012, pp. 29–45. (In Russ.)
  • The main areas of Caucasian studies in Abkhazia . In The Caucasus 20 years later: geopolitics and security issues. Proceedings of the international scientific conference. Vladikavkaz, Southern Mathematical Institute of Vladikavkaz Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of North Ossetia-Alania Publ., 2011, pp. 231–236. (In Russ.)
  • Features of the work of Caucasian educators of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Herald of Adyghe State University, issue 10, 2008, pp. 123–129. (In Russ.)


Teaching activities:

Associate Professor of Department of Abkhaz Literature, Abkhaz State University