Antoniu Rikovilo

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Chief
Antoniu Rikovilo
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20th SSD Chief
In office
1 January 2013 – 31 December 2018
President Giorgi Latso
Prime Minister Council of Ten
Preceded by Giorgi Latso
Succeeded by Eteri Amirejibi
Personal details
Born Antoniu Rikovilo Urushadze
1 August 1950 (age 66)
Tsovina, Varkana
Residence Klow
Alma mater Kaspi University

Antoniu Rikovilo Urushadze (Varkan: ანთონიუ რიქოვილო ურუშაძე) is a career Varkan intelligence officer for the SSD who has served as the SSD Chief from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2018. Rikovilo was nominated as the next SSD Chief on 1 January 2013 by Giorgi Latso after his inauguration as President.

Early life

Rikovilo was born 1 August 1950 in the commune of Tsovina, in Central Varkana.

Career

Military

Rikovilo entered the army just before the 1971 Varkan coup d'état in early May 1971. He started his full-time military service on 14 May 1971, and was under the command of Colonel Andro Tumanishvili. He was promoted to lieutenant, on 9 April 1972, and was granted seniority from 5 September 1972. He was promoted to captain on 5 April 1974 and transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers on 10 April 1975.

Secretariat of Foreign Affairs

Rikovilo joined the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in September 1976. In his early career, Rikovilo worked in Volisania, on behalf of SSD. He became Political Officer in Ampuria in 1976 and then returned to the Secretariat to take up the role of Private Secretary to the Secretary.

He was based in Jena and then Koblenz in Breisland from 1985 to 1989. From January 1989 to December 1995 he was Foreign Affairs Adviser to President Ekvtime Takaishvili, dealing with all aspects of foreign and defense policy and working closely with international counterparts.

He served seven years as Ambassador to Kandar from 1996 to 2003. In August 2004, Rikovilo was appointed Director General for Political Affairs at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. In this post he advised the Foreign Secretary on political and security issues worldwide and negotiated on behalf of the Foreign Secretary with international partners in the ESO and the AC.

SSD Chief

Nomination

Rikovilo was announced as the new chief of the SSD on 1 January 2013, succeeding Giorgi Latso.

Tenure

Rikovilo and incumbent President Latso have shared warm personal relations and a good understanding of their work together during Rikovilo's tenure.

Retirement

Rikovilo officially retired from the position on 31 December 2018 and was replaced on 1 January 2019 by Eteri Amirejibi.