Dukhobors Residing In Samtskhe- Javakheti Region Leaving Georgia

Tbilisi. September 22, 2007 (Prime-News) – Dukhobors (“Spirit Wrestlers”) residing in the South Georgia leave Samtskhe-Javakheti region and depart for Russia referring to language related problems, social difficulties and oppression by the local Armenians.

About 400 Dukhobors live in Samtskhe-Javakheti region today. Most of the Dukhobors live in the village Spasovka, Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

The meeting with Dukhobors was held within the framework of the program on "Negotiation of Existing Information Vacuum in Relation to Samtskhe-Javakheti Region" for Georgian, Armenian and Azeri journalists implemented by NGO "Institute for War and Peace Reporting" and OSCE mission to Georgia.

The journalists met with the teachers and pupils of the Russian school located in the village Spasovka. 5 Georgian and 65 Russian pupils study in the Russian school. The main problem of the school is non-existence of central heating and low salaries.

Three Azeri, two Armenian and six Georgian journalists participated in five-day program.

The participants of the program held meetings with representatives of NGO and governmental forces.

Originally posted September 22, 2007, 5:18 pm at

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