Garegin Chakalian - Garegin Khazhak

Born Garegin Chakalian in Alexandropol (Giumri, later Leninakan), Khazhak graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Geneva with a degree in sociology.

In 1894, he returned to Geneva from Baku, where he had joined the ranks of the ARF, and began to work for Droshak, the central party organ.

In 1895 he was sent on an organizing mission to the Balkans, where he soon became one of the leading pioneers of the ARF. Later (1897–98) he was sent on a similar mission to Smyrna, then Egypt.

From 1898 to 1903 he was a member of the ARF’s Responsible Body for Constantinople.

Returning to the Transcaucasus in 1903, he taught at the Nersisian College in Ejmiatzin and contributed to Mshak in Tiflis. From 1906 to 1911, in Tiflis, he was a member of the editorial team of Harach and Alik with Avetis Aharonian and Yeghishe Topjian.

He settled in Constantinople in 1911–1912 and became the director of the national school in the Samatia district, working for the newspaper Azatamart at the same time.

One of the most brilliant representatives of the Dashnaktsakan intelligentsia, Khazhak was also among the first victims of the Armenian Genocide, in 1915. He was 48 years old.

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