Akaki Chkhenkeli Akaki Chkhenkeli
Social-Democrat, Minister of Foreign Affairs 1874-1959Social-Democrat, Minister of Foreign Affairs 1874-1959
Akaki Chkhenkeli was born to a large and boisterous family in the village of Okumi (Samurzakano), on 19 May 1874. His parents were the quintessence of absolute honesty and humanity. Raised in such a family, it is little wonder that the greatest virtues Akaki acquired in the future were humanistic ideals, kindness, charity and, most importantly, infinite commitment to his homeland. After finishing the Khoni school, Akaki enrolled at the Tbilisi Seminary where, becoming close to the illegal movement of seminarists, he began to gain an insight into the ideas of social-democracy. Upon expulsion from the Seminary, he continued his studies in Europe. Akaki Chkhenkeli was one of the outstanding thinkers of the 1890s. He dedicated all his life to education and development. Akaki Chkhenkeli studied legal sciences at the universities of Kiev, Moscow and Petersburg. Later, he studied “Theory and Practice of Labour Movement” in Berlin, “National Cause” – in Vienna, “Political Movement” in Paris, “Rivalry between England and Russia in Asia” – in London. In 1907 he graduated from the Leipzig University and proceeded to his studies in the Geneva University.