On March 25, Vice President of the Republic of Abkhazia Vitali Gabnia read out a congratulatory address on behalf of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba on the 60th anniversary of the Moscow Abkhaz Diaspora.
Dear Beslan Rodionovich!
Dear compatriots, the representatives of the Moscow Abkhaz Diaspora!
With a feeling of brotherly love and deep inspiration, I would like to congratulate you on the important event – the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Abkhazian community which makes an important contribution to the establishment and development of our independent state, the popularisation of its achievements and unique historical heritage and traditional culture.
The origins of the establishment and activity of the Abkhazian diaspora in Moscow are connected to the 1920s and 1930s of the last century. The diaspora’s annals are rich with many significant events. Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by political repressions of the Stalin era and other dramatic events. Despite this, since the second half of the 1950s, the Abkhazian community entered the phase of revival and creativity. In this time, our Moscow compatriots did a lot to support the international prestige of Abkhazia, the strengthening of Russian and Abkhazian diplomatic, economic, scientific and academic, and cultural ties.
We highly value the contribution of the founders of the Abkhazian community to the consolidation of the entire Moscow diaspora, and their tireless work, experience and knowledge. We are also happy to see the results of the work of our talented and energetic youth which represents the Republic of Abkhazia in Moscow and internationally. In the activity of the Abkhazian diaspora, an important place belongs to students and young and promising professionals who successfully continue their education in graduate schools and other higher educational institutions.
The Moscow Abkhaz Diaspora played an important role during the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993. Since the first days of the war, the national forces in Moscow created a headquarters to assist Abkhazia which began working in many fields. The diaspora cared for the refugees and the wounded who went through rehabilitation in Moscow hospitals. The headquarters made significant efforts to resist the Georgian information and propaganda system.
Today the Moscow Abkhaz Diaspora creates the necessary conditions to involve our compatriots in the national traditions, spiritual values, native language and culture, and it actively participates in all fields of our state’s life.
I am confident that constant hard work of the Moscow community will be crowned with new successes and will give an additional impetus to the development of our republic on its way to the revival of the statehood. I sincerely wish our entire Moscow Abkhaz Diaspora strong health, happiness and prosperity.