Panos Bitsilis

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Panos Bitzilis (Greek: Πάνος Μπιτζίλης) was an 18th-century General Consul of Russia in Albania and Himara[1][2]

Panos Bitsilis came from Himara, modern Albania, then Ottoman Empire, from a Greek family background. Bitsilis clan was among the notable Greek[2] clans that provided diplomats to the Russian Empire in the 18th century.[2] Moreover, it also provided several officers to the Regimento Cimarioto (Himariote regiment)[3] of the Venetian army as well as for the Albanskoe Volsko and the Odesskii Grecheskii Divizion Russian army.[4]

Being an influential personality, he became the Russian consul in Albania and Himara, in the 1780s.[5] During the Russo-Turkish War (1768-1774) together with Loudovikos Sotiris from Lefkada, became the revolutionary leaders of an uprising in Epirus against the Ottomans.[6] He was also probably member of the Greek patriotic organization Filiki Eteria.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ byli nazvany major grek L. Sotiri i podpolkovnik albanec P. Bicilli... (Grigorij L. Arš: Èteristkoe dviženie v Rossii: Osvobodit. bor'ba greč. naroda v načale XIX v. i rus.-greč. svjazi [Heterist Movement in Russia: Struggle of the Greek People for Independence at the beginning of the nineteenth century and Greek-Russian relations]; p. 85.)[1]
  2. ^ a b c Pappas, Nicholas Charles (1991). Greeks in Russian military service in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Institute for Balkan Studies. p. 86. (Russian Cunsuls of Greek Origin) Many of the Russian consuls and consular agents in the Ottoman Empire and the Venetian possessions in the Levant were Greeks who had served in Russia's wars against the Turks. The Bitsiles clan of Cheimarra, instrumental in fomenting uprisings in Epirus during the Russo-Turkish war of 1769-1774..." 
  3. ^ Banac, Ivo (1981). Nation and Ideology. New York: East European Monographs. p. 47. ISBN 9780914710899. The main recruiter in Cheimarra and latter Russian consul in Albania and Cheimarra, was the scion of a well known Cheimarriote family that had provided officers for the Reggimento Cimarrioto of Venice 
  4. ^ Pappas, Nicholas Charles (1982). Greeks in Russian military service in the late eighteen and early nineteenth centuries. Stanford University. The Bitsiles clan of Cheimarra, instrumental in fomenting uprisings in Epirus during the Russo-Turkish war of 1769-1774 and also in filling the ranks of the Albanskoe Volsko and the Odesskii Grecheskii Divizion 
  5. ^ a b Banac Ivo; Ackerman John G.; Szporluk Roman; Vucinich Wayne S. (1981). Nation and ideology: essays in honor of Wayne S. Vucinich. East European Monographs. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-914710-89-9. 
  6. ^ Pappas, Nicholas Charles (1991). Greeks in Russian military service in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Institute for Balkan Studies. p. 86.