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South Ossetia Adopts Law On Surnames

The parliament of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia has adopted a law on Ossetian surnames, according to regional media.

The chairwoman of South Ossetian parliament's Committee for Political and Cultural Issues, Mira Tskhovrebova, told journalists that the law introduced a mechanism for creating traditional Ossetian surnames for those wishing to do so.

According to Tskhovrebova, the traditional Ossetian surnames will end with suffixes "-ty," "-ti," and "-on."

Those would replace the Georgian endings "-shvili" and "-dze" and the Russian endings "-ov" and "-ova."

Tskhovrebova says any South Ossetian citizen can now make the change.

Russia officially recognized South Ossetia’s independence from Georgia in August 2008 after a short Russian-Georgian military conflict.

Georgia still considers the region its territory.

Based on reporting by and RES

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