Georgia religious minorities to be compensated for Soviet regime harm

31 January 2014 12:34

Religious minority groups in Georgia will receive financial compensation from the government for damages inflicted by the Soviet regime.

The decision was announced by Georgia's Minister for reconciliation and civic equality, Paata Zakareishvili, according to Radio Liberty.

Zakareishvili said the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, as well as Muslim and Jewish groups will receive 4.5 million laris ($2.53 million) in 2014.

According to the ministry, the one-time payment represents "partial compensation," while discussions will continue on how to proceed with the allocation of state funds for similar payments in the future.

The Georgian Orthodox Church welcomed the decision as a "positive development."

Zakareishvili also said discussions would continue about adding other religious groups to the list.

All religions were suppressed in the former Soviet Union, where atheism was the official state doctrine.