Anatoly Bibilov

Russian politician

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Anatoly Bibilov
Бибылты Анатолий (Ossetian)
Анатолий Бибилов (Russian)
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Bibilov in 2013
President of South Ossetia
Assumed office
21 April 2017
Prime Minister
Preceded byLeonid Tibilov
Speaker of the Parliament
In office
24 June 2014 – 21 April 2017
Preceded byStanislav Kochiev
Succeeded byInal Mamiev
Personal details
Born (1970-01-13) 13 January 1970 (age 52)
Tskhinvali, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyUnited Ossetia
Children3 sons
2 daughters
Alma materRyazan Higher Airborne Command School
Military service
Branch/service Soviet Army
Armed Forces of South Ossetia
Russian Airborne Troops
Years of service Soviet Union (1988—1991)
 Russia (1991—1994)
 South Ossetia (1994—1996)
 Russia (1998—2008)
RankLieutenant General

Anatoly Ilyich Bibilov (Ossetian: Бибылты Ильяйы фырт Анатолий, romanized: Bibylty Iljajy fyrt Anatolij; Ossetian pronunciation: [bˈibəltə iˈlʲajə fərt anaˈtolij], Russian: Анато́лий Ильи́ч Биби́лов; born 6 February 1970) is a Russian and South Ossetian military officer, currently serving as the 4th President of South Ossetia, a partially recognized, but de facto independent state. He succeeded Leonid Tibilov as president on 21 April 2017, following his election victory.


Bibilov was born in the South Ossetian AO of the Georgian SSR in the Soviet Union.[1] After eight grade he went to a boarding school in Tbilisi with intensive military and physical training, thereafter he joined the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School.[1] After graduating, Bibilov was distributed to the 76th Guards Air Assault Division. His division was included in the consolidated battalion of peacekeepers in South Ossetia. Subsequently he joined the South Ossetian Army,[1] commanding a special forces unit. Between the period 1998-2008 he rejoined the peacekeeping forces, this time in a North Ossetia battalion. Bibilov took an active part in the 2008 South Ossetian war, organizing the defence of one of the districts of Tskhinvali against the Georgian Armed Forces.[1]


In October 2008 he was appointed Minister of Emergency Situations of South Ossetia. Bibilov was the presidential candidate for the Unity Party in the South Ossetian presidential election, 2011.[1] He won the first round, but lost the runoff to Alla Dzhioyeva.

Soon however, the parliament of South Ossetia declared the elections invalid.[2] Leonid Tibilov was ultimately elected president after winning the South Ossetian presidential election, 2012, which Bibilov didn't participate in.[1] In June 2014 he was elected as the president of the parliament of South Ossetia. He is currently the head of the United Ossetia party, which nominated him for their candidate to the South Ossetian presidential election, 2017.[3] Bibilov won the election in the first round by getting 54.8% of the vote and took office as the 4th president of South Ossetia on 21 April 2017.[4][5] During his inauguration, delegations from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and Russia were present.[6]

Bibilov supports South Ossetia joining the Russian Federation.[7][8]


In September 2015, it was included in the sanctions list of Ukraine. Bibilov was recognized as a person who creates "real and/or potential threats to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine." Bibilov probably fell under this definition because of repeated visits to the unrecognized DPR and LPR, as well as to Crimea.[9]


Personal life

He is married with four children.


  1. ^ a b c d e f The new head of South Ossetia, Bibilov: From peacemaker to President, Chelorg, 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ South Ossetia unrest after election result is annulled, BBC, 30 November 2011.
  3. ^ "United Ossetia" Party nominates Anatoly Bibilov as presidential candidate, Kavkaz, 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ Georgia's breakaway region elects new leader, AbcNews, 10 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Бибилов сложил полномочия спикера парламента Южной Осетии".
  6. ^ Artsakh delegation completes visit to South Ossetia, Mediamax, 25 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Bibilov Says Breakaway S. Ossetia Belongs to Russia".
  9. ^ "Санкции Бибилову не помеха". Эхо Кавказа. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia | Министерство иностранных дел". Retrieved 21 May 2021.

Political offices
Preceded by President of South Ossetia
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