Konstantin Mikhailovich Bazili was born in Istanbul (now Turkey) on February 15, 1809, in a wealthy Greek family that contributed to the traditions of the Greek liberation movement and cultural revival.
His grandfather, an Albanian Greek, participated in the anti-Turkish rebellion of 1772, stow away in Hungary after its riot, then returned to Argiro-Castro (now Gjirokastër, Albania) and was again fleeing persecution.
Mikhail Vasilyevich, Konstantin's father, settled in Istanbul, married the daughter of a Greek banker, went into business and became an influential figure among the Istanbul Greeks. After the rebellion of 1821, his father and uncle were sentenced to death but were able to obtain a refuge in the Russian envoy in Istanbul, Mr. Stroganov, thanks to the warning of a Turkish nobleman. All members of the family moved to Odessa.