President of the Republic of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhaniya expressed condolences to the friends and relatives of a social and political activist, academic, President of the Confederation of Peoples of the Caucasus, Hero of Abkhazia Musa (Yuri) Shanibov:
“On behalf of the people of Abkhazia and myself, I express sincere condolences to the friends and relatives, to the fraternal Kabardian people, to the whole Adyghe world in connection with the death of an outstanding social and political activist, academic, President of the Confederation of Peoples of the Caucasus, Hero of Abkhazia Musa (Yuri) Shanibov.
His name symbolizes bright ideals of freedom and justice, and it is dear to every citizen of Abkhazia.
It is largely thanks to his personal efforts, new close communication of the fraternal nations on both sides of the Caucasian ridge was revived.
The contribution of the Confederation of Peoples of the Caucasus headed by Musa Magomedovich to the organization of the volunteer movement during the Patriotic War of 1992-1993 is invaluable. Following his call, hundreds of volunteers from Kabarda, Adygea, Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechnya, and other republics and regions came to Abkhazia to support it in the fight for freedom. On the initiative of Musa Shanibov, the headquarters of the Confederation of Peoples of the Caucasus were opened in Gudauta to provide help to Abkhazia. We are forever indebted to our brothers.
Today, together with the friends and relatives of Musa Magomedovich, the whole of Abkhazia is grieving. In this difficult hour, I express support and solidarity with his family. I wish them endurance and fortitude”.