March 26, 2019  |  Updated August 20, 2019

Georgians Gripped by Generated Graphics

By Eto Buziashvili

On February 13, 2019, two Georgian online news platforms, TABULA and, published a photograph of Jaba Kvelashvili, a member of the Georgian national wrestling team, claiming the Georgian sportsman wore a “RUSSIA” hat during the national team training.

The case sparked four waves of confused discussion among Georgian internet users, some of whom eventually levied allegations of photo manipulation against Kvelashvili.

To paraphrase Clausewitz, many Georgians see sports, art, and culture as a continuation of Russian “politics by other means.” In the aftermath of the 2008 Russian-Georgian August War, Georgian celebrities’ perceived links to Russia have often ignited heated debate among the Georgian public.

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