Father Akaki biography

Father Akaki



Who is Father Akaki?

Father Akaki, civil name Andrei Kuznetsov was a Russian monk and when he died he was the oldest person of Nordic countries and Finland's oldest person before Aarne Arvonen.

As a teenager, Kuznetsov went to a monastery because he wanted to avoid the Russian Army.

Kuznetsov went to Solovetsky Monastery on the island in White Sea. He worked as horse keeper and as stable boy. In 1898 he went to Petsamo's Pechenga Monastery where he became a monk in 1913 after 15 years of being in the monastery. He took the name Akaki after Akathist the Bishop of Malta.

Petsamon monastery became the centre of culture and spiritualism. Monk Akaki continued as stable boy.

Monastery life was disrupted during the Winter and Continuation War and the monks moved in 1942 to New Valamo monastery in Heinävesi where the Valaam Monastery monks where transferred because of the war. Father Akaki took care of horses until the age of 90 when the monastery stopped keeping horses.

Akaki lived very ascetic life with a very meager diet. Bible and praying was his daily ritual even until the age of 100.

At the age of 100 he could still walk to the church. When Akaki reached the age of 107 he got a letter from Heinävesi municipality where he was invited to the primary school's first grade because the computer program made a mistake because it could not recognize the centuries from each other. The mistake was very silly to Akaki.


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Dec 31, 1969

on July 23, 2013

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