Nestor and Abkhazia
Nestor Apollonovich Lakoba was born in the village of Lykhny on May 1, 1893. His father, the peasant Apollon Lakoba, died three months before the birth of his son: he was killed for a harsh speech at a peasant gathering against the extortion and arbitrariness of princes and nobles. Mother Shahusna Dzhergenia alone raised three sons, with no help and support from the outside. With great difficulty, she managed to send little Chnagua (this was Nestor's name at home) to study at the Novy Afon parish school, after which he entered the Lykhny two-year school. Wherever Nestor studied, he stood out among his peers with his abilities and character.