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Antisa Khvichava
Antisa Khvichava
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Antisa Khvichava (8 July 1880? – 30 September 2012) was a Georgian woman who claimed to have been born in 1880. She died in Sachino, western Georgia, on 30 September 2012, purportedly at the claimed age of 132.

Khvichava lived in the Caucasus Mountains, in the village of Sachino, Tsalenjikha District, with her son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her date of birth is recorded as 8 July 1880.

According to Khvichava and her family, her birth certificate has been lost. Georgian authorities have Mrs. Khvichava's Soviet-era passport registration which shows her date of birth, and her pension book that was issued in the 1960s. Georgia's Civil Registry Agency has a document from a 1980 special commission that investigated her age as proof.

However her age has been called into question by, among others, L. Stephen Coles, a co-founder of the Gerontology Research Group, who asserted that the evidence provided implies that she would have had to give birth to her son, Mikhail, at the age of 60, but his year of birth remains unclear, and he may actually have been born two decades earlier. Georgian birth and death registrations are handled by local authorities rather than the central government, and residents will sometimes either withhold or give false information in order to secure government benefits earlier than is legally allowed.

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