100 Years Is Marked After shooting of Members of Military Center of the Georgian Independence Committee

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Today, Nikoloz Kvezereli, first deputy of the State Service of Veteran Affairs, deputy Miron Chigogidze, Vladimir Imnadze, adviser to the director, service employees, veterans of the war and defense forces, laid a wreath at a memorial in Vake Park which is the place of shooting of the members of the Military Center for the Georgian Independence Committee who attempted to organize an anti-Soviet uprising. They paid tribute to the memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the independence and freedom of the motherland.

Despite the occupation of Georgia by the Red Army, patriots both within the country and beyond the borders of Georgia continued to fight for the independence of Georgia in 1921. In the post-occupation years, armed partisan detachments resisted the Bolshevik government in different regions of the country.

“The Military Center” that was designed to provide direct leadership for the armed demonstrations was led by the Chairman of the National Democratic Party, General Konstantine Abkhazi (niece of Ilia Chavchavadze). In February 1923, a member of the student committee of the National Democratic Party, K. Misabishvili betrayed “Military Center”.

On May 20, 1923, fifteen self-sacrificing Georgians – members of the Military Center for the Georgian Independence Committee – General Konstantine Abkhazi (Shervashidze), General Aleksandre Andronikashvili, Major General Varden Tsulukidze, Colonel Aleksandre Machavariani, Colonel Giorgi Khimshiashvili, Colonel Rostom Muskhelishvili, members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Colonel Elizbar Gulisashvili, Colonel Dimitri Chrdilelii, Officer Ivane Kutateladze, Captain Levan Klimiashvili, Jason Kereselidze, Simon Chiabrishvili, Captain Farnaoz Karalashvili, Captain Simon Bagration-Mukhraneli, Captain Nikoloz Zandukeli were shot to death by the order of the Caucasian Extraordinary Committee (“Kavcheka”) 100 years ago for their attempt to organize an anti-Soviet uprising.

With the efforts of the Tbilisi City Hall, an informational memorial of the heroes who were shot for their attempt to organize an anti-Soviet uprising was placed in Vake Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.