Mobilization of Pro-Alliance of Patriots Trolls to Protect Tarkhan-Mouravi

16 March, 2020

Several publications released by the Myth Detector in February 2020 about disinformation spread by Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi, one of the leaders of the Alliance of Patriots party, triggered active engagement of suspicious Facebook accounts. Fake users are mainly commenting on the materials targeting the leaders of the Alliance of Patriots party and accusing them of spreading disinformation; they are expressing support to the party and are simultaneously attacking the Myth Detector. 

The verification has revealed that the majority of the party’s Facebook supporters are trolls. The Myth Detector has identified a total of 14 such trolls. 

The following tendencies were revealed as a result of Facebook monitoring: 

  • 3 out of 14 identified trolls are stealing the identities of others and 11 are hiding their identities. 
  • The names indicated in URL addresses of 4 troll profiles differ from their profile names. 
  • One of the trolls uses the image of a famous Turkish actress, the second – a male model and the third – a photo frequently used on the Internet. 
  • Two fake profiles were identified, who have other trolls supporting the Alliance of Patriots among friends. 
  • The majority of trolls have liked Facebook pages supporting the Alliance of Patriots, as well as the page of Obieqtivi TV affiliated with the party. 
  • 3 trolls have liked official government pages (Tkibuli Municipality City Hall, Government of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia); two of them have shared the materials posted by antiliberal page “George Soros,” the pages targeting the government’s opponents ((“პოლიტიკური სანაგვე” (Political landfill), “ნაცების დასაცინი ოფიციალური სააგენტო” (Official agency to mock at the National Movement), “სირცხვილის კორიდორი” (Shame corridor), “ერთიანი პროვოკაციული მოძრაობა” (United provocative movement), and pro-Kremlin online edition News Front. 
  • The identified trolls are spreading the following messages in the comments section of the Myth Detector’s Facebook pag
    • Widespread narratives of pro-Kremlin propaganda about Europe’s depravity, Georgia’s Turkification and the role of the Red Army as the savior of the country; 
    • They are expressing support to the Alliance of Patriots, Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi and Irma Inashvili; 
    • They are attacking the Myth Detector and leaving insulting comments (swear words, personal attacks)

 

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Oto Pipia

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The updated profile picture has been stolen from an advertisement for men’s hair care products, while the previous profile picture is an advertisement of Cartier sunglasses.


The profile’s URL address indicates an absolutely different name - shota pipia. 


Along with the Facebook pages supporting the Alliance of Patriots, the fake user has liked the page of the Tkibuli Municipality City Hall. 

Ekaterine Noneshvili
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Her photo can be found on various websites, including in the articles related to cosmetology. 

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Among her Facebook friends are other trolls affiliated with the Alliance of Patriots:  Mamuka Aptsiauri, ჯემალ ბაღაშვილი, Guram Gamrekelashvili

Nata Shamugia

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Initially, she was stealing the photo of Turkish actress İlayda Çevik; later she uploaded the photo taken on the Maldives, which can be found on the websites related to traveling.

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ჯემალ ბაღაშვილი

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Hides identity; the profile’s URL address reads  patriotta.aliansi.79 

Among four liked pages, there are the Facebook pages of Alliance of Patriots’ youth wing and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.

Lia Akobia

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Hides identity; the profile’s URL address reads lasha.kandelaki; has no timeline activities. The only profile picture depicts flowers and the cover photo – a landscape.

გურიკა დევდარიანი

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Hides identity; the profile’s URL address reads svaneti.narod.


Has likes the Facebook page of Alliance of Patriots’ youth movement, as well as up to 10 government pages, including the pages of the Government of Georgia, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense.

Mamuka Aptsiauri

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Hides identity; shares the materials of antiliberal page “George Soros,” the pages targeting the government’s opponents ((“პოლიტიკური სანაგვე” (Political landfill), “ნაცების დასაცინი ოფიციალური სააგენტო” (Official agency to mock at the National Movement), “სირცხვილის კორიდორი” (Shame corridor) and pro-Kremlin online edition News Front; has shared a conspiratorial film about Ukraine’s Maidan developments about which the Myth Detector has prepared a number of articles.

In 2018-2019, the user published about 35 posts only about Irma Inashvili, leader of the Alliance of Patriots party, actively sharing information about her in various groups (“ქვეყნის მტრების წინააღმდეგ” (Against the enemies of our country), “საყდრისი SOS” (Sakdrisi SOS), “საქართველოს პატრიოტთა ალიანსის მხარდამჭერი ჯგუფი” (The group supporting the Alliance of Patriots of Georgia),”Sagijeti საგიჟეთი” (Madhouse), “ყველა ინფორმაცია ერთ სივრცეში” (All information in one space). 

Dato Samyurashvili

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Hides identity; uses a digital work created by Marcel Markov as a profile picture. There is a troll, Guram Gamrekelashvili among his friends.

Guram Gamrekelashvili

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Hides identity; shares the posts of some pages targeting the government’s opponents (“სირცხვილის კორიდორი”, “ერთიანი პროვოკაციული მოძრაობა”, “პოლიტიკური სანაგვე”), aimed at discrediting separate opposition leaders as well as organizers and participants of anti-occupation rallies, including Gigi Ugulava, Irakli Abesadze, Misha Mshvildadze (for example, in one of the posts, the speeches of Ugulava and Hitler are compared with each other). 

ბაშარ ალავიძე

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Hides identity; has neither profile, nor cover photos. There are no timeline activities on the page.

 

Zviad Chxaidze

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Hides identity; the man depicted on the profile picture is unidentifiable, because he is standing with his back to the camera. There are no timeline activities of the page.  He has liked the Facebook page of “ახალგზრდა პატრიოტები” (Young Patriots). 

Nuka Frg

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Hides identity; the only profile picture depicts a bomber. There are almost no timeline activities on the page. Among the liked pages there is the Facebook page of Vladimir Khomeriki “Владимир Хомерики,” president of the fund for the Unity of Russian and Georgian peoples..

Сосо Табагари

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Hides identity; the only profile picture depicts a truck; has no timeline activities; has liked the official Facebook pages of Obieqtivi TV and Nino Burjanadze.

Liza Chaduneli

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Hides identity; all profile pictures depict either nature or animals. Except for updating profile or cover photos, no activities are observed on the page. Along with other pages, the user has liked the Facebook pages of Alliance of Patriots and Obieqtivi TV. 

See infographic: 14 Trolls of the Alliance of Patriots


Messages:

The identified trolls are spreading the following messages in the comments section of Myth Detector’s Facebook page:


1. They are echoing traditional messages of pro-Kremlin media outlets, as if Europe encourages depravity and homosexuality; Georgia is facing Turkification; the Red Army has saved Georgia (see slider 1): 
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2. Supporting the Alliance of Patriots, Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi and Irma Inashvili  (see slider 2): 
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Mamuka Aptsiauri published about 35 posts in 2018-2019 related to Irma Inashvili:

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3.  Attacks on the Myth Detector and use of swear words (see slider 3):
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Prepared by Nana Rapava