National Bank of the Republic of Abkhazia

National Bank of the Republic of Abkhazia
Аҧсны Аҳәынҭқарра Амилаҭтә Банк (Abkhaz)
Национальный банк Республики Абхазия (Russian)
Official logo

Official logo
Front view of the main office on Leon Street

Front view of the main office on Leon Street
Headquarters 384900, Leona str. 14, Sukhumi
Established February 28, 1991
Chairman Vacant
Central bank of Abkhazia[1]
Currency Russian ruble, Abkhazian Apsar
RUB (ISO 4217)

The National Bank of the Republic of Abkhazia[1] (Abkhaz: Аҧсны Аҳәынҭқарра Амилаҭтә Банк, Russian: Национальный банк Республики Абхазия), also known by the short form of Bank of Abkhazia (Russian: Банк Абхазии) is the central bank of the disputed region and partly recognized state of Abkhazia on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. It was established on February 28, 1991 since the adoption of the laws "On the National Bank of the Abkhaz SSR" and "On Banks and Banking of the Abkhaz SSR" passed by the Supreme Soviet of the Abkhaz SSR on February 28, 1991.

The Bank's headquarters are located in a constructivist building on Leon Street in Sukhumi, Abkhazia's capital.

Primary actions of the Bank

Due to the use of the Russian rouble in Abkhazia, the National Bank of Abkhazia exercises little control over the money supply in Abkhazia’s economy and has almost no influence on the value of the Russian currency. Its actions are primarily focused on registering commercial banks and making wholesale loans to them.[2]

Declared functions of the Bank

Chairmen of the National Bank

On 10 November 2004, during the height of the post-election crisis, President Ardzinba dismissed Boris Zhirov as Chairman of the National Bank and temporarily appointed Vice-Premier Emma Tania in his stead.[3] After Sergei Bagapsh won the January 2005 rerun, the People's Assembly voted to permanently appoint a Chairman. It first voted against the permanent appointment of Tania, before supporting on 10 June the nomination of Illarion Argun, former Chairman of Gagra Bank, with 29 votes in favour, 3 against and 3 abstentions.[4]

On 1 August, Argun along with Jeiran Kirval, the National Bank's Chief Security Officer, died in a car crash on the coastal highway near Upper Eshera.[5]

On 26 December, President Raul Khajimba nominated Head of the Economical Department of the Presidential Administration Beslan Baratelia as the new Chairman.[6] On 29 December, Parliament elected him with 28 votes in favour and 1 against (out of 35).[7]

# Name From Until President Comments
Daur Barganjia 1996 [8] 1998 [8] Vladislav Ardzinba
Boris Zhirov 10 November 2004 [3]
Emma Tania 10 November 2004 [3] 10 June 2005 [4] Acting
Illarion Argun 10 June 2005 [4] 29 May 2011 Sergei Bagapsh
29 May 2011 1 June 2014 Alexander Ankvab
1 June 2014 1 August 2014 [5] Valeri Bganba Died in office
Beslan Baratelia 29 December 2014 [7] present Raul Khajimba

See also


  1. 1 2 Abkhazia's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider Abkhazia de jure a part of Georgia's territory. In Georgia's official subdivision it is an autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi.
  2. Wilson, Tamsin (March 23, 2005), Assessment of Opportunities for Developing a Microfinance Project in Abkhazia, p. 5. United Nations Development Programme Georgia. Retrieved on April 16, 2008.
  3. 1 2 3 Kuchuberia, Anzhela (10 November 2004). В.Ардзинба уволил главу Центробанка Абхазии. Caucasian Knot (in Russian). Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 Kuchuberia, Anzhela (10 June 2005). "Избран новый председатель Национального банка Абхазии". Caucasian Knot. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  5. 1 2 "В результате аварии погибли председатель Нацбанка Илларион Аргун и начальник службы безопасности банка Джейран Кирвал". Apsnypress. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  6. "Кандидатура Беслана Барателия представлена на должность Председателя Национального банка Республики Абхазия". Apsnypress. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Постановлением Парламента на должность Председателя Национального банка РА назначен Беслан Барателия". Apsnypress. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  8. 1 2 Lakoba, Stanislav. "Кто есть кто в Абхазии". Retrieved 20 January 2012.
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