A violin player from Abkhazia

Author: Mariam Ugrekhelidze
Edition: Migration

Vazha Chubinidze, a former director of the Philharmonic and violinist, now lives in the suburbs. He refused to leave Sukhumi during the war. On the 27th of September, until the final defeat of the Georgian army, he was conducting rehearsals in the opera. Abkhazian soldiers enter the city, and Vazha was forced to leave Sukhum through Svaneti and the Chuberi pass, which today is called "the road of death." Six days after a cold walk, the violin player arrived to a bar and then traveled to Tbilisi. His wife and 2-year-old son left to Racha from Abkhazia before the war started. So when the war began, Vazha took the route from Sukhumi to Tbilisi alone. Now, the former director of the Philharmonic, plays the violin in one of the restaurants of Tbilisi every night.

On August 14, 1992, the war in Abkhazia began. The sides of conflict were the Government of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia. However, Russia's role in the conflict was very strategic. The war lasted for 13 months and 13 days. The Georgians finally give up their positions and were forced to turn back. The Abkhaz won the war.

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