East StratCom disinformation claim:
follow site 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