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Most Russians to ignore Lent

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/World/Story/STIStory_345299.html March 3, 2009 Most Russians to ignore Lent MOSCOW - THOUGH many Russians would
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      March 3, 2009
      Most Russians to ignore Lent

      MOSCOW - THOUGH many Russians would claim they are Orthodox
      Christian, an overwhelming majority of a recent poll's respondents
      said they would not change their culinary habits to observe Lent, the
      Levada independent opinion centre wrote.

      Some 70 per cent of the poll's 1,600 respondents said they intended
      to stick to their usual meals, with only three per cent saying they
      would obey the strict diet Orthodox Christians must keep for seven
      weeks, the centre reported Monday.

      The poll was held in late February in 128 cities and towns in 46 of
      Russia's sprawling 79 regions.

      Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Russian Orthodox
      Church has steadily gained influence in social and political life,
      while the number of Russians describing themselves as Orthodox
      believers has risen sharply.

      However, polls showed that many of those claiming to be believers
      were ignorant of crucial Christian teachings and church rules, some
      even uncertain of God's existence. -- AFP
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