East StratCom disinformation claim:
Stalin built 20,000 churches in Georgia after the end of the Second World War. Stalin also opened religious educational institutions (seminaries and academies).
Documentation for claim
published by Sputnik სპუტნიკი-საქართველო
Period/date: 8. November 2016
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 churces were reopened in 1945. http://eurocommunicator.ge/eng/view_myth/521
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Myth detector in Disinformation Review issue 47. The item is located at row number 14 in the report.