Tbilisi: Four Religious Confessions To Receive Double Funding In 201


Agenda, Georgia
Dec 24 2014

Four religious confessions, other than Orthodoxy, will receive
financial support by Georgia’s Government as a compensation of damages
suffered from the Soviet regime.

Four religious groups existing in Georgia [the Jewish and Muslim
communities, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the Catholic Church]
have been allocated financial compensations for the moral and material
damages suffered by them under Soviet totalitarianism.

Head of State Agency for Religious Issues Zaza Vashakmadze highlighted
that the confessions financed by state budget will receive duplicate
funding in 2015.

Meanwhile at the beginning of this year, on January 27, at the
Government’s meeting Georgia’s State Minister for Reconciliation and
Civil Equality Paata Zakareishvili said the state allocate a maximum
of 4.5 million GEL to the four groups. The money should be divided
among the four religious groups proportionally.

The information revealed at the meeting between Georgia’s Prime
Minister Irakli Garibashvili and representatives of religious groups,
today morning.

“The Government decree on granting partial compensations for damages
suffered by four religious groups under the Soviet Union has been
fulfilled,” Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at the meeting.

Head of Religion Agency emphasized that the Government signed
agreements with the Agency for Religious Issues and all four religious
groups. Those religious groups will receive allocated funding on
their bank accounts.

“There are four religious groups required in the government decree.

These are the Muslim community in Georgia, the Armenian Apostolic
Church, the Catholic Church, and the Jewish community. The state showed
its goodwill and allocated several million GEL,” Zaza Vashakmadze said.

From: A. Papazian


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