Saturday, 4 June 2011

Doukhobors Remaining in Georgia

Fred Makortoff, South Slocan BC, sent this 23 May 2011 news item about the Doukhobor region in Georgia :

Georgia: The Javakheti Region’s Integration Challenges

To ensure political stability and that there is no opportunity for Russia or others to manipulate local politics, Georgia needs to improve integration of its mostly Armenian-populated Javakheti region.

Georgia: The Javakheti Region’s Integration Challenges, the latest briefing from the International Crisis Group, analyses how since the height of tension in the small but sensitive area in 2006, Tbilisi has had some success in addressing grievances by applying a more constructive approach, helping to reduce Armenian and Russian nationalists’ ability to encourage extremism. Although Tbilisi has significantly invested in infrastructure and acquiesced to the use of the Armenian language in schools and public administration, however, Javakheti still faces serious problems.  ... (more)

The full PDF report (Appendix B, page 16) displays an "Ethnic Map of Samtskhe-Javakheti" by the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). This map shows the relative Russian population in the 3 remaining Doukhobor villages — Spassovka, Orlovka, Gorelovka — averaged about half of the total in 2002. Most of the region is Armenian. The Doukhobor portion of that map is enlarged here.

The most detailed report by EMCI of Doukhobors in Georgia was published in 2006, in English and Russian, with a color map: Russian Dukhobor Settlements in Georgia.

Moe about Doukhobors in Georgia.


  1. The map reflects the status as of 2006. This was before the last big exodus to the Tambov region of Russia. Does anyone know what the figures would be today?

    1. I was in Orlovka, Georgia in the summer of 2012. I heard that there were only about 220 Doukhbors still living around Orlovka and Gorelovka, Georgia. I got this information from a dependable source.