Vakhtang Tchutchunashvili

Vakhtang Tchutchunashvili

Vakhtang Tchutchunashvili (ვახტანგ ჭუჭუნაშვილი) (died in 1668) was a Georgian adventurer who usurped the crown of Imereti, western Georgia, in the years of 1660-1661 and 1668.

In 1660, Queen Dowager Darejan, the widow of Alexander III of Imereti, deposed and blinded his stepson and the legitimate king Bagrat V, and then married Tchutchunashvili, a petite noble, whom she installed as king of Imereti. Deposed by Prince Vameq Dadiani of Mingrelia and the great nobles with Ottoman support, Darejan and Vakhtang fled to Akhaltsikhe, in the Ottoman-held Georgian province. He was restored by the pasha of Akhaltsikhe in 1668. According to various, frequently conflicting accounts, he murdered his wife Darejan at the palace of Kutaisi, but himself was killed by the rightful king Bagrat who was restored by the Imeretian nobility to the throne.

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