Victims of Communist Repression – Sandro Akhmeteli (Part Three)
03 March, 2011

He was no longer a trustable Soviet citizen. At the same time, Sandro Akhmeteli had many followers and admirers because of his distinguished family ties and thanks to his own artistic talent, even among the highest communist circles. Professor Simon Maskharashvili has more.
GJ – The famous Georgian theatrical director and the artist of an outstanding talent Sandro Akhmeteli and his entire family became the victims of the harsh Bolshevik repressions of 1937.  As it was noted, the brothers Akhmeteli

and Joseph Stalin had resented each other since their childhood years.
SM – The fate of the Akhmeteli family was practically decided when Stalin came to power in the Soviet Union. Except the elder brother Stephane (he used to be ranking highly in the Tsarist Army), every member of the Akhmeteli family was extremely useful to Soviet authorities. As I have said before, two of the brothers were highly qualified veterinarians and Sandro Akhmeteli himself was one of the greatest theatrical directors of the entire Soviet Union. He was the only director (not just among Georgians but Russians too) who had deviated from the well-established direction of the famous Stanislavski school and succeeded in creating a totally unique theater marked with its individual character and style. This was a very impressive fact. Sandro Akhmeteli enjoyed an exceptional reputation and honor in the theatrical world of the entire USSR and beyond its boundaries too. He was not allowed by Soviet authorities to travel abroad, but before 1930’s the Soviet borders were more or less open for traveling to foreign specialists of various fields, journalists and others who used to come to the Soviet country. This is why it was not very simple to easily fight and eliminate Sandro Akhmeteli. 
GJ – I am more than sure that the Soviet secret service, tempered and experienced in myriad political intrigues, could any time find some reason to get him.
SM – They certainly did. Sandro Akhmeteli was mainly specializing in directing and producing the plays written by the famous Georgian emigre poet and dramatist Grigol Robakidze. When Grigol’s fate was once and for all decided in the Soviet reality, being officially declared the enemy of the Soviet system, producing his plays became a risky venture for any Soviet theater. As you know, there was no television then, and cinematographic capabilities were also very limited (that was the time of only movies, not talkies) which made theater in general one of the most popular and powerful tools of propaganda which agitated people. Nowhere and through no form of art was a word spread more massively and statements made more abundantly than via theater. Therefore, Sandro Akhmeteli, in a capacity of a theatrical director was a very serious and extremely popular persona. Because the plays by Grigol Robakidze occupied the biggest part of Sandro Akhmeteli’s creative work, those two persons were identified as one team in the eyes of communists.    
GJ – It seems the communists had a lot of excuses for getting rid of Sandro Akhmeteli and finally eliminating him ...
SM – Before emigrating, Grikgol Robakidze was working as the head of cultural department under the Commissar (minister) of Education of Georgia. He was practically functioning in the capacity of Minister of Culture of Georgia. At that time, Sandro Akhmeteli was positioned at an unaccessible height for Grigol thanks to Sandro’s fame and renown.  But when Robakidze turned from the Soviet minister of culture into the enemy of the Soviet Union, Akhmeteli fell under suspicion too in the eyes of Soviet authorities. He was no longer a trustable Soviet citizen. At the same time, Sandro Akhmeteli had many followers and admirers because of his distinguished family ties and thanks to his own artistic talent, even among the highest communist circles. Even the persona like Lavrenti Beria was considerate towards him. He had no way to easily hurt Sandro even if he wanted to. It is remembered that once Beria came to the rehearsal of one of Akhmeteli’s spectacles and Sandro gave Beria an expressly curt dismissal feeling no fear or remorse about his own action (Continued in the next article on this page).

Other Stories
The Chemical Brothers to play in Georgia
On the 1st of September, the Rustavi Motordrome is hosting a concert by the Chemical Brothers.
70-year-old Georgian, who is a student
Giorgi Mikadze is a 70-year-old student at the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. He believes a human should always aspire to learn more.
Ex-president of Georgia wore torn jeans and Balenciaga sneakers
The Dutch newspaper Trouw recently published an interview with the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.
Tako Natsvlishvili at Victoria’s Secret casting 2018
Tako Natsvlishvili participated in the Victoria Secret’s 2018 casting on the 29th of August, in New York. The Georgian model was among Victoria’s Secret finalists in 2017.
International Festival of classical music to be held in Batumi
At the end of this week an International Festival of classic music will kick off for the 6th time in Batumi, Georgia’s beautiful seaside city.
Georgians who beat the world record
There are many Georgians among the world recordsmen. Georgians managed to beat the world record for 78 times to date. Today we explore four of them.
Jenny Brunt speaks about Georgia with Georgian Journal
Jenny Brunt is among the most famous models worldwide. She used to be on the covers of different international magazines in the 1990s.
Tako Natsvlishvili wearing Pain de Sucre - photographed by David Bellemere
Tako Natsvlishvili is a 19-yeal old model from Georgia. She has recently been photographed by a prominent French photographer David Bellemere.
Former Georgian plastic surgeon who owns a restaurant in New York
Maia Acquaviva is a Georgian former surgeon, who worked in one of the clinics here in Tbilisi, but decided to go to the USA and start a business there.
David Beckham first saw Victoria Adams in Tbilisi
Tbilisi is truly a magical city. It brings many people and cultures together, even connects future spouses. Do you think we are joking? Not at all.
Georgia should be at the top of every travel destination list – says German photographer about Georgia
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Georgia tomorrow and possibly as a result of this visit the German media is currently writing a lot about Georgia.
Alexander Julakidze - Georgian pianist based in Jerusalem
A well-known Georgian pianist Alexander Julakidze has successfully participated in a variety of piano competitions. He currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel contributing to Georgia’s popularity all over the world.
Anna Kendrick in David Koma’s dress
The readers of the Georgian Journal will definitely have heard about David Koma, a young and talented Georgian designer based in London.
Medical tourism increases in Georgia
In the first quarter of 2018, Georgia was visited by 13 900 foreigners for medical and recovery purposes. The level is 61.2 % higher than the same period in 2017.
Rebellious and successful Georgian model based in Barcelona
Remember we told you a story this week about a Georgian model Paloma Anastasia Mikadze, who currently is based in Barcelona and is quite successful there?
Georgian Rubik’s Cube solver Vako Marchilashvili breaks the Guinness World Record
Vako Marchilashvili is a young Rubik’s Cube solver from Georgia. He participated in “Georgia’s Got Talent 2017 “and introduced his genius abilities to the Georgian public.
Turkish born Georgian sisters sing a beautiful song
There are many Georgians, who live in Turkey, but maintain Georgian culture and heritage.
What types of transport can Georgia offer tourists?
Train, subway, bus, mini-bus, taxi and airplane – these are the types of transport that Georgia can offer tourists.
Chris Botti to perform in Georgia
American trumpeter Chris Botti arrived in Georgia yesterday. Today the musician is due to perform with the Georgian singer Nani Bregvadze.
Georgian schoolchildren create Robot “Vano”
Georgian students from the Guivy Zaldastanishvili American Academy in Tbilisi have created a robot named Vano.
Khatia Buniatishvili performs with the Estonian Festival Orchestra at the Proms in London
On the 13th of August, Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London during its famous Proms season.
Paloma Anastasia Mikadze, an Instagram star from Georgia
Anastasia Mikadze is a Georgian social network star from Georgia. She shares her ideas about fashion, interior design and healthy lifestyle with hundreds of followers on Instagram.
Georgian lifeguard who saved life of nearly 700 people
Gocha Bilvanidze, the Head of the Maritime Rescue Service has been with the organization for eight years now. He has saved the lives of around 700 people during that time.
Children of Georgian migrant to the USA Parten Chikviladze (Peter Chiglo) visit Georgia
A 16-year Parten Chikviladze from Racha (the western part of Georgia) left Georgian 1913 for America, never to return back.
 Surprising proposal by a Georgian Soldier
The video of a Georgian Cadet Soldier’s proposal to his girlfriend has gone viral on the social media. He proposed to her in the presence of other soldiers in front of the Academy.
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange