After graduating from the Third Male Gymnasium of Tiflis he entered the department of natural sciences of Physics and Math faculty of St. Petersburg University. Then he studied at the military engineering college of the same city. He started military service in Alexandrapol. In 1916 among other volunteers he moved to West Armenia and got involved in relief work for orphans. Later, in Tiflis, he worked as teacher and engaged in agricultural research. He married Maria Sokalskaya and had three children - Anahit, Nadezhda and Vigen. In 1937 he was arrested by the Stalin’s totalitarian soviet government and exiled to Siberia where he died in 1938. His son Vigen joined army as volunteer on the first days of the World War II and was killed during the battle for Moscow in 1941. Anahit had one daughter – Karine Janjougazian from her first marriage, and a son – Hovhannes from her marriage with the ambassador of the Soviet Union to Canada Hamazasp Hambardzumian. Nadezhda had two daughters – Alyona and Tatyana Kolesnikovas.