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Number of Russian atheists falls by 50%

Poll reveals number of atheists in Russia halves in 3 years.

According to the recent poll conducted by the Russian independent research center Levada in late June, the number of Russians who describe themselves as atheists has fallen sharply – from 26 percent in 2014 to 13 percent today.

Nine percent of participants in the poll said that they considered themselves “very religious,” while 44 percent said they were “partly religious.”

Moreover, the share of those who back the Church’s involvement in state politics has slightly risen – from 26 percent in 2014 to 28 percent today.

In addition, among various popular religions and confessions, Orthodox Christianity came out as the most popular in Russia with the approval of 92 percent of respondents.

Inside an Orthodox church in Russia

74 percent reported positive feelings towards Catholics; 61 percent – towards Protestants; 59 percent – towards Muslims; and 55 percent – towards Jewish people.

However, the comments published on the group’s website point out:

“The increase in the number of believers is not accompanied by sincere faith or understanding of importance of the religion for spiritual life.”

The comments further explain:

“Indirectly, the weakness of Orthodox Christian norms can be confirmed by growing opposition to restrictions imposed during major fasts – such as the restrictions on entertainment, alcohol or sex. The number of people who say that they are not ready to bear this burden has increased up to two times over the past few years.”

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