Gennady Gagulia, the head the Moscow-backed government of Abkhazia, died following a car accident, while traveling from Sochi to Sokhumi.
The region’s “interior ministry” said Gagulia’s car was hit in Gutauta district by a 22-year-old, who was “under the influence of narcotics.” His driver and security guard survived the crash.
Gagulia was appointed to head the region’s 12-member cabinet of ministers in April 2018.
He ran the Abkhaz chamber of commerce before the appointment. Gagulia led the cabinet of ministers twice before – in 1995-1997 and 2002-2003.