Who is Father Akaki?
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.
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.
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