Eduard Kokoyty (Ossetian: Кокойты Джабейы фырт Эдуард, Kokojty Džabejy fyrt Eduard; Russian: Эдуа́рд Джабе́евич Коко́йты, Eduard Dzhabeyevich Kokoyty; Georgian: ედუარდ ჯაბეს ძე კოკოითი, Eduard Jabes dze K'ok'oiti; surname also rendered as Kokoity or Kokoyti or in a Russified version as Russian: Коко́ев, Kokoyev) was born in Tskhinvali, in the Georgian SSR, a part of the Soviet Union at the time. He was a member, and champion, of the Soviet Union's national wrestling team. Prior to 1989, he was the First Secretary of the Tskhinvali branch of the Komsomol, the Young Communist League. He moved to Moscow in 1992, where he became a businessman, after learning about capitalism. In 2001, he moved back to South Ossetia.