ABASHIDZE, ASLAN (ASLANBEG)
ABASHIDZE, ASLAN (ASLANBEG) (1877–1924). Georgian general. He was born into a prominent Georgian family and was the brother of Mehmed Abashidze. He participated in revolutionary activities in 1905–1907 but later fled to the Ottoman Empire, where he remained until 1917. During his stay there, he studied military art in Istanbul, where he befriended the young Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Abashidze returned to Adjara after the February Revolution of 1917 and offered his service to the newly established Democratic Republic of Georgia. Abashidze was actively involved in establishing the Georgian army but had to leave the country after the Bolshevik invasion of 1921. He lived in exile in Istanbul, where he was involved with the Georgian community and helped organize the August Uprising of 1924 against the Soviet regime in Georgia. He was allegedly poisoned in 1924.