President of Abkhazia (1945-2010)
Vladislav Ardzinba in Moscow in 1996
|1st President of Abkhazia|
26 November 1994 – 12 February 2005
|Vice President||Valery Arshba|
|Succeeded by||Sergei Bagapsh|
|First Secretary of the Communist Party of Abkhazia|
8 November 1990 – 27 December 1991
|Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Abkhazia|
|Deputy of the Supreme Soviet|
|Born||May 14, 1945|
Lower Eshera, Sukhumi District, Abkhazian ASSR, Georgian SSR, USSR
|Died||March 4, 2010 (aged 64)|
Ardzinba led Abkhazia to de facto independence in the 1992–1993 War with Georgia, but its de jure independence from Georgia remained internationally unrecognised during Ardzinba's two terms as President from 1994 to 2005.
- "Vladislav Ardzinba, First Leader of Abkhazia, Dies". Spero News. Retrieved 5 March 2010.