Kote Abkhazi

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Prince Konstantine "Kote" Abkhazi () (November 17, 1867—May 20, 1923), was a Georgian military officer and politician. During the Imperial Russian rule, he was a general in the tsar's army, and a recognized leader of the liberal nobility of Georgia. After the Sovietization of Georgia, he emerged as one of the leaders of an underground anti-Soviet movement. In 1923, he was arrested and executed by the Soviet security police.

Early life and career

Kote (Konstantine) Abkhazi was born in the village of Kardenakhi, Kakheti, Georgia (then part of Imperial Russia) to a wealthy aristocratic family,The Princes Abkhazi descended from the Anchabadze dynasty of Abkhazia whose member fled the Ottoman hegemony over Abkhazia to Kakheti, where they were enfeoffed, in 1654, by King Teimuraz I with an estate at Kardebakhi, formerly a possession of the extinct line of the Vachnadze house. Their title was recognised by the Russian Senate in 1826, reconfirmed in 1850. the son of Prince Nikoloz (Niko) Abkhazi and Princess Nino née Chavchavadze, the sister of the prominent Georgian writer and public figure Ilia Chavchavadze.

Abkhazi graduated from the Tbilisi Cadet Corps and the St. Petersburg Military Academy and joined the Russian army in 1890. Later, he was actively involved in Georgia's public life and sponsored several social and economic projects, including the construction of the Kakhetian railway between 1906 and 1913. In 1913, he was elected the......
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