Russians identify with Orthodox Church, but do not attend
Catholic World News - February 13, 2014
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the number of Russians who identify themselves as Christians has soared, but the number attending church services regularly remains low, a Pew Research survey has found.
In 1991, just 31% of Russians identified themselves as Orthodox, Pew reports, and in 2008 that figure had jumped to 72%. Other religious groups also saw an increase in their numbers. Over the same period, the percentage of Russians with no religious affiliation dropped from 61% to 18%.
However, only 7% of the Russian people surveyed reported attending religious services at least once a month. That figure was only slightly up from the 2% reported in 1991.
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