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20.09.2018


On September 20, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba attended the ceremony of the reburial of the remains of the Hero of Abkhazia Irina Gotseridze who died in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993.

Irina Gotseridze went missing during the March Offensive. Later, her death was confirmed. Irina Gotseridze participated in the Gagra operation. From February 1993, she was a medical officer of the third battalion on the Gumista front. During the March Offensive, she crossed the Gumista River, took part in battles, provided medical assistance to the wounded, and carried them out of the battlefield. During one of those battles, she carried one of the wounded across the river, returned back, and no one saw her since.

Irina Gotseridze was born in the village of Abrau-Dyurso of the Krasnodar Krai. Later, she moved to Gagra. During the occupation of the city by the Georgian military groups, she saved Abkhazians, hid them at home, brought them food and guided them across the frontline to the Bzypta village. When the invaders found out about this, they arrested her and subjected her to horrific torture. Irina Gotseridze remained silent, and nothing could be proved. Once free, Irina Gotseridze decided to defend Abkhazia at the first opportunity with weapons in hand. Irina Gotseridze was awarded the title “Hero of Abkhazia”.




 


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