The self-styled president of the self-declared "Republic of South Ossetia", Alan Gagloev on Monday (15 August) fired the territory's self-styled foreign minister, Dimitri Medoev and appointed in his place Akhsar Dzhioev
Medoev had been foreign minister since 2017.
Akhsar Dzhioev is 45 years old and until recently served as a Counsellor at the South Ossetian Embassy in Moscow.
The world recognises South Ossetia as part of Georgia, with the exception of the Russian Federation which in 2008 recognised unilaterally the independence of the territory. Only a handful of other countries followed.