The Fate and Future of Georgia’s Doukhobors

Elene Shengelia

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A small religious minority, the Doukhobors built a home in Georgia in the 1840s, after falling afoul of the tsarist Russian Empire. Today their numbers are dwindling, largely due to mass emigration.

The future of their community depends, in many ways, on the fates of young people like Kristina Krasnikova and Kristina Bichahchyan. Both Kristinas are fiercely proud of their Doukhobor heritage, but the challenges facing the Doukhobors are forcing each girl to make very different choices for her future.

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