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28.05.2015


Raul Khadzhimba conducted a meeting on the issues of protection of objects of historical and cultural inheritance.

The Speaker of the People's Assembly – Parliament Valeriy Bganba, the Minister of culture and protection of historical and cultural inheritance Elvira Arslaiya, the deputy Minister – head of the department on protection of historical and cultural inheritance Batal Kobakhiya, the member of the People's Assembly Akhra Bjaniya, the first deputy head of the General Prosecutor Georgiy Arshba, the Adviser of the President Vladimir Zantariya, heads of managements of the Administration of the President David Sanguliya and Irakliy Khintba, heads of cities and regional administrations also tool part at the meeting.

Opening the meeting, Raul Khadzhimba noted the oppressive situation with the condition and protection of the monuments of historical and cultural inheritance of Abkhazia. “A lot of our monuments are besmirched, to say the least. The country looses its historical architectural look.

Modern replicas are appearing, obscurities happen with some of the temples. Objects are mercilessly and ungiftedly destroyed. We need a harsh state approach to address these issues. We have to understand who and on what basis is the owner of the objects, on what conditions and what price did they pay to privatize them. We will demand compliance with the corresponding norms from the responsible individuals.  I am instructing the Prosecutor’s office to take all necessary enforcement measures towards the violators”, said Raul Khadzhimba.

With the aim to up keep state accountancy, securing, use, restoration and propaganda of historical and cultural inheritance, it was suggested during the meeting to create a unitary state list of objects of historical and cultural inheritance. The President in structed heads of regional administration to support by all means the Ministry of culture and protection of historical and cultural inheritance in creating that list. He noted the necessity to create the Republican object-oriented program of inventory of the state list of objects of historical and cultural inheritance.

The deputy of the Minister of culture and protection of historical and cultural inheritance Batal Kobakhiya underlined the timeliness of President’s proposal to form and approve unitary state list of objects of historical and cultural inheritance. According to his words, there is a confirmed list that includes 295 objects only in Sukhum, but in other cities there are no such lists. Headdressed the heads of regions with the request to assist in creation of such lists. “It is highly important to confirm in the nearest future with the Presidential decree the unitary list that will be further developed and inventoried. By confirming it today we will be able to hold responsible the potential violators of the legislation on objects of historical and cultural inheritance”, said Batal Kobakhiya.

Batal Kobakhiya also underlined the necessity to polish up the current legislation related to the state protection of objects of historical and cultural inheritance in the sphere of stiffening the sanctions. The corresponding proposals will be issued by the ministry be the end of the current year.

Elvira Arsaliya proposed to create the State commission on monumental art under the Cabinet of Ministers. “The main goal of the commission will be the activities on providing high ideological and artistic level of newly constructed memorials, memorial signs and monuments on the territory of the republic. It is proposed to include 13 persons to this commission – architects, фart historians, the representatives of the public, and all of the projects of construction of memorials will be addressed to that commission. The commission will be examining the proposals, issues recommendations and prepare corollaries”, said the Minister of culture and protection of historical and cultural inheritance.

The Adviser of the President Vladimir Zantariya agreed with the necessity of creation of such a commission. He also underlined the importance of bringing into shape the pantheon of significant figures and writers of Abkhazia.

The member of the People’s Assembly Akhra Bjaniya underlined that the objects of historical and cultural inheritance are the national assets. “The guests that arrive hear worship our architecture, or to be more precise, what is left of it”, he said. He also informed the audience about the prepared law on privatization, where the procedure of privatization of the objects of strategic importance, including the state-protected objects, is envisaged.

Batal Kobakhiya noted the situation with the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of 2010 on passing the religious organizations of the number of object of historical and cultural inheritance for permanent use without charge, the temples in particular. The President underlined that those objects belong to the nation and state, and there can be no other approach.

Raul Khadzhimba instructed the General Prosecutor’s office to deal with those issues of illegal use of historical and cultural heritage.

The protocol of instructions was issued based on the meeting.


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