Georgia: Remains of Alexander Lomtatidze to be repatriated on Independence Day

Tbilisi: As Georgia commemorates its Independence Day today, May 26, the remains of the Chairman of the Founding Assembly of the Republic of Georgia, Alexander Lomtatidze, will be repatriated today and laid to rest.

 Aleksandre Lomtatidze was arrested and relocated to Vologda province in 1912 for political reasons. In 1913 he went abroad and lived in Leipzig. In 1913 he returned to Tbilisi and worked as a teacher. 

In March 1917, he took part in the case of restoration of autocephaly of the Georgian Church. Since November 1917, Lomtatidze was a member of the National Council of Georgia and, from February 1918, a member of the Amiercaucasus Seim.

He signed the Act of Independence of Georgia. In 1918 he was a member of the Georgian Parliament from the Social-Democratic Party. In February 1919, he was elected Chairman of the Tbilisi City Council.

 In 1919, Alexander Lomtatidze was elected as a member of the Presidium of the Founding Assembly of Georgia and vice chairman of the Founding Association.

 In 1921, after the occupation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia by Soviet Russia, he did not emigrate; he stayed in Georgia and joined the resistance movement. 

On July 13, 1921, he was arrested and later relocated. After the anti-Soviet uprising in Georgia in August 1924, Alexander Lomtatidze was re-arrested in Tashkent and put in prison, where he soon died at the age of 42. He was buried there, in Tashkent, at the Christian cemetery.

 The grave of Alexander Lomtatidze grave was searched by the Georgian Embassy in Uzbekistan. His funeral is carried out with the support of the Georgian Government Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tbilisi City Hall and Georgian Parliament.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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