10 years ago Russia recognized the independence of the Republic of Abkhazia. On the anniversary date,
26 August 2018, ceremonial events were held with the participation of the country's top officials,
honorary guests, citizens of the republic in the capital of the country Sukhumi.
The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Chairwoman of the State Duma Olga Timofeeva
Olga Victorovna . The State Duma delegation also included the Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov Kalashnikov
Leonid Ivanovich , senators Arsen Kanokov, Alexei Kondratiev and Mikhail Kozlov and others.
From the scene of the Abkhazian State Drama Theater named after S. Chanba, where the main ceremonial event was held, Olga Timofeeva read a welcome telegram from President of Russia Vladimir Putin to head of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba.
Head of the Russian delegation Olga Timofeeva met President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba. Prime Minister of the Republic of Abkhazia Gennady Gagulia and Speaker of the People's Assembly of the Republic of Abkhazia Valeriy Kvarchia also took part in the meeting.
On this day pavilions with presentation products and treats from each district of the republic were opened on the main Sukhumi embankment, the embankment of the Mahajirs. In the central exhibition hall of the Union of Artists, a jubilee exhibition of local photographers began.
”We were greeted very warmly and cordially, with Caucasian hospitality. In Abkhazia, a lot of people speak Russian, so it feels like home. Thanks to the support of Russia, the republic has risen to its feet and is now developing its economy. Our ties will continue to strengthen,” Olga Timofeeva said.