Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s pick of 28-year-old Canadian-Georgian Vera Kobalia for the key post of minister of economy and sustainable development raised many questions about her qualifications, which did not seem to go beyond working at a family bakery in Vancouver. But Russian media, always game to rip on Saakashvili, argue that a nightclub photo, which reveals the playful side of the young minister, sheds more light on her credentials.
Russian news outlets seized on a Facebook photo of Kobalia, which portrays her posing suggestively with dancing show girls on a bar counter. After the photo surfaced, Russian-language websites erupted in headlines such as “Stripping Baker Becomes the Head of Georgian Economy Ministry."
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