I would like to share the latest information on religion in Russia,
based on a poll by the newspaper "Izvestia" and the All-Russian Center
for the Study of Public Opinion (ACSPO).
For the text of the article (in Russian), please see:
Briefly, it states that at the end of 2006, 15 years after the fall of
the atheistic Soviet Union, 86% of the population believes in God, and
only 16% consider themselves atheists.
Fully 63% of the (adult) population consider themselves to be Orthodox
Christians. This is 75% of those who believe in God.
The article states that in the beginning of the 1990s, when the ACSPO
first began to analyze the data on religion, only 34% of the adult
population considered themselves to be Orthodox, by 1999, this had
risen to 50%, and now is at 63%.
The percentage of those who are "churched," defined as those who
attend churches at least once a month and regularly partake of the
mystery of Holy Communion, is also rising. In the "perestroika"
years,it was around 4%, and that has now risen to 10-12%.
If 15 years ago the average age the majority of people attending
services was 60, at present the average age has fallen to 48, which is
much closer to the average age of the population in general -- 44.
Even more important is that the percentage of young people (those
under 25) who consider themselves Orthodox is 58%.
This poll was taken in 153 population centers in 46 regions and
republics of Russia.
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff