Disinfo: Stalin built 20,000 churches in Georgia after the end of World War Two


Stalin built 20,000 churches in Georgia after the end of the Second World War. Stalin also opened religious educational institutions (seminaries and academies).


On the contrary, at the initiative of Joseph Stalin, around 1,212 churches and monasteries were demolished in Georgia during his rule. Between 1921-1953, around 1,305 religious buildings were shut down or utilized for other purposes. Throughout this period, around 3,407 members of clergy were purged. About 29 churches were reopened in 1945. More details from Mythdetector.


  • Reported in: Issue 47
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII, Joseph Stalin


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