Disinfo: Italian documentary shows new information about the Euromaidan snipers: they were sent to Kyiv by former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili


Italian documentary shows new information about snipers who fired on demonstrators in central Kiev during the protests. The film shows interviews with several people with Georgian names who say that they fired on protesters and police and had been sent to Kyiv by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. The documentary also suggests that the snipers were led by a US soldier.


Gian Micalessin, military correspondent of Italian newspaper Il Giornale, is the author of the documentary. He talks with three Georgian respondents – Koba Nergadze, Zalogi Kvaratskhelia and Alexander Revazishvili, who claim that in February 2014, Mikheil Saakashvili’s military aide, Mamuka Mamulashvili paid them USD 1000 each and brought them to Kiev with fake documents for participation in the Maidan developments. The respondents also claim that upon Mamulashvili’s instructions, they opened fire on peaceful protesters.

According to analytical portal The Insider Russia, the documentary is fake because the stories told by “snipers” contain inaccuracies and manipulations. Koba Nergadze, one of the respondents, says in the film that he was a security officer under Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency. To prove this, the documentary shows a document in Georgian and English languages containing grammatical errors. The document includes an English wording "Security Service of Defend" that is an incorrect grammatical construction in English. Moreover, the document has a name – Certifikate instead of Certificate.

Myth Detector contacted Mamuka Mamulashvili, leader of the Georgian Legion, who currently resides in Ukraine. He denied all accusations against him, saying that he had not crossed the Ukrainian border before April 2014, whereas the Maidan developments took place in February 2014. Mamulashvili noted that the date of his crossing the Ukrainian border could be verified at the relevant agencies of both Georgia and Ukraine.

Further debunking by Myth Detector.


  • Reported in: Issue 89
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Mikheil Saakashvili, Euromaidan


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