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Ilia Chavchavadze

Georgia Celebrates Greatest Reformer Writer’s 178th Anniversary

Today the whole Georgia celebrates the greatest reformer writer Ilia Chavchavadze’s 178th anniversary.

Inspired by the contemporary liberal movements in Europe, as a writer and a public figure, Ilia Chavchavadze directed much of his efforts toward awakening national ideals in Georgians and to the creation of a stable society in his homeland.

On 28 August 1907 Ilia Chavchavadze was murdered by a gang of six assassins who ambushed him and his wife Olga while traveling from Tbilisi to Saguramo, near Mtskheta. The assassination of Ilia Chavchavadze remains controversial today. Based on recent discoveries in archives, the plot to assassinate Ilia is believed to have been a joint operation by both the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks wings of Social Democrats, due to Ilia’s condemnation of their revolutionary views, his socially conservative vision for Georgian nationalism, and his tremendous popularity among the public.