Antisa Khvichava

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Antisa Khvichava
Born (1880-07-08)8 July 1880 (purported)
Transcaucasia, Russian Empire
Died (2012-09-30)30 September 2012
(aged 132 years, 84 days)
Sachino, Tsalenjikha District, Georgia
Nationality Georgian
Known for Longevity claimant
  • * Mikhail (born c. 1920)
    • 2 other children (died c. 1939–45)
    • 10–12 grandchildren
    • 12–18 great-grandchildren
    • 4–6 great-great-grandchildren[1][2]

Antisa Khvichava (Georgian: ანტისა ხვიჩავა; 8 July 1880 (purportedly) – 30 September 2012)[3][4] 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 age of 132.[1][5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8] Georgia's Civil Registry Agency has a document from a 1980 special commission that investigated her age as proof.[9]

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.[10] 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.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Women Who Claimed To Be World's Oldest Dies In Georgia". Radio Free Europe. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ The Associated Press (9 July 2010). "Georgia Claims World's Oldest Person at 130". SACHIRE, Georgia: The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ "The oldest woman in Georgia will celebrate her 130th birthday in 8th of July". Ministry of Justice of Georgia. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Woman claimed to be world's oldest person dies at 132". Houston Chronicle. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "В Грузии умерла старейшая жительница планеты, ей было 132 года (In Georgia, the world's oldest woman died, she was 132 years)" (in Russian). NewsRU.Com. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Georgian TV Locates 130-year-old Woman". YouTube. Associated Press. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Woman in Georgia 'could be world's oldest'". BBC News. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Sojitra, Vinay (9 July 2010). "Georgian woman Antisa Khvichava at 130 – world's oldest person Celebrating birthday". Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Corso, Molly (15 April 2010). "Georgia's Elderly Remarkable, But Record-breaking?". Eurasianet. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Bialik, Carl (23 July 2010). "The World's Best Agers". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 July 2010.