Ex-President of Georgia: leading Ukraine politician not my son
He claimed that he and Yanukovich are almost the same age, reports News-Georgia.
The source of this rumor is a Georgian newspaper “Weekly Chronicles.” The writer based his hypothesis on “allusions” in Shevardnadze’s speeches and testimony made by a Ukrainian journalist. The article was published on Monday, on Shevardnadze’s 82th birthday.
But Shevardnadze told News-Georgia that in a private conversation Yanukovich indeed told him that the man who raised Yanukovich was Georgian. But it was never mentioned that he meant his biological father.
"Yanukovich himself told me that he was reared by a man of Georgian origin… but I never said that Yanukovich is the unlawful son of a high-ranking Georgian official – it never happened,” Shevardnadze said.
Viktor Yanukovich, one of the two main candidates in the presidential run off in Ukraine, was born in 1950 in Ukraine. His father was an engineer at a metallurgical plant.