Was the Ex-President Saakashvili Spotted at the Georgian-Turkish Border?

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On October 1st, after the former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, announced his return to Georgia via his personal Facebook page, another Facebook user, Davit Makishvili, uploaded a picture with the following caption: “Georgian-Turkish Border.” The picture depicts both Makishvili and Saakashvili together. The photo has also been shared by the Facebook page “Jurisprudence.”

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The picture of Mikheil Saakashvili has been disseminated with a false description. Instead of the Turkish-Georgian border, in fact, the picture was taken in 2017 at the Hoverla Mountain in Ukraine.

On July 16th, 2017, Mikheil Saakashvili visited the Hoverla mountain in Ukraine. The ex-president has devoted Facebook and Instagram posts to this event and even attached pictures taken at the mountain.

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According to the photos published on July 16th and 17th, 2017, Davit Makishvili was on Horvela Mountain with Mikheil Saakashvili.

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During this visit, Russian media outlets have used Saakashvili’s attire to ridicule Georgia’s former president and governor of Odessa, comparing him to cartoon characters.

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Topic: Politics
Violation: Disinformation
Country: Ukraine
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