On September 12, in the House of Culture in the city of Gudauta, an official farewell ceremony with Prime Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia, recipient of the “Akhdz-Apsha” Order, second class, Gennady Gagulia took place.
President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba honoured the memory of Gennady Gagulia at a mourning rally.
Dear compatriots! Dear guests!
Our state suffered a great loss! The tragic death of an outstanding statesman Gennady Gagulia shocked not only the citizens of Abkhazia but also many of our foreign friends!
Gennady Gagulia was a person of outstanding abilities, a great organiser and a true manager. It is difficult to overstate his role in the strengthening of the defence capabilities of our state in the period of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia. He made a significant contribution to the provision of our army with weapons, ammunition, food, medicine and other necessary items. Gennady Leonidovich successfully fulfilled the tasks set by the First President Vladislav Ardzinba not only thanks to his business abilities, but also to a great number of personal ties in the near and far abroad. He was a humble man by nature who never talked about his personal achievements. Yet, the people who stood at the source of our great victory know about them.
Gennady Leonidovich held a number of high posts. Having graduated from the Faculty of Construction of the Belarusian National Technical University, he walked a dignified career path from a construction worker to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia. In the Soviet period, he successfully managed the Gudauta district consumers’ co-operative. In that period, he was also Chairman of the State Committee for Foreign Economic Relations. After the war, in the most difficult period of blockade, he was Deputy Prime Minister, three times Prime Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia, an assistant to a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, and Head of the Administration of the President of Abkhazia.
For many years, Gennady Leonidovich was at the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia. During that time, he managed to noticeably increase its prestige and to create a young and energetic team that is capable of influencing the socio-economic situation in the state. Moreover, he managed to take the Chamber’s activities to the international level. Despite the obstacles created by the Georgian politicians, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia succeeded in organising the exhibitions of the achievements of the economy and culture of Abkhazia in many states. This work which was often carried out together with our Foreign Ministry contributed to the international recognition of our state. He established reliable partnerships with a number of Russian territorial chambers of commerce and industry, thus strengthening our strategic and allied relations with a friendly state that recognised our independence.
In 2016, for personal contribution to the strengthening of the statehood of Abkhazia, many years of productive work and high professionalism Gennady Leonidovich Gagulia was awarded the “Akhdz-Apsha” Order, second class.
It is difficult to accept the fact that we do not have a great friend by our side any longer, a like-minded person and a prominent statesman whose thoughts, ideas and advice helped us overcome the difficulties of growth and development.
Gennady Leonidovich was a wonderful family man and a bearer of traditional Abkhazian values. I am certain that his relatives and everyone who knew him will treat with great respect everything that he managed to achieve by hard work for the benefit of the people and the state.
We will remember with a feeling of great gratitude our dear mentor and colleague who made a huge contribution to the building of a new Abkhazia!