Religion in Russia

While you are planning to move to Russia, it is very good to know about Russian people . To understand the culture of people living there, it is also important to know from what religion they belong. Every religion has certain norms and beliefs and people act according to it.

There are people from various religion live in Russia. Each religion has its own beliefs and practices that creates a symbol that narrate humanity to devoutness and, sometimes to moral values. It is true that Russia is a country with multiple religions but there is no religious biasness. The most common religions in Russia are:

Religions in Russia

Percentage of Religions in Russia

Orthodox Christianity in Russia

In orthodox Christianity the term orthodox is refereed t the term doctrine on which the early Christians believe. Orthodox church is one of the churches that Jesus Christ made himself with the contribution of his followers. In Russia the majority population are Christians, belonging to Orthodox Christian denomination.

Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church Orthodox Christianity is the largest religion/tradition having the jurisdiction over the Orthodox Christians of Russian Orthodox Church (ROC).One of the autocephalous Eastern Church in Moscow is the Russian Orthodox Church, also known as Moscow Patriarchate.

Buddhism in Russia

Buddhism is a religion in which people follow the traditions, beliefs and culture that was introduced by the Gautama Buddha. Buddhism was incorporated into Russian lands in the early 17th century. Buddhism is considered as one of Russia’s traditional religions, legally a part of Russian historical heritage.

Religions In Russia


The main form of Buddhism in Russia is the Gelukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, with other Tibetan schools as minorities. Although Tibetan Buddhism is most often associated with Tibet, it spread into Mongolia, and via Mongolia into Russia.

Islam in Russia

Islam is the religion based on the holy book Quran. The basics of the islam is on five pillars that are Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and Pilgrimage to MeccaIslam is the second largest religion spread in Russia and world's fastest growing religion. It is considered as one of the traditional religion of Russia and has attracted many ethnic Russians.

Religions in Russia

Muslims offer Namaz

Islam is also a part of Russian historical heritage. About 5,000 registered Muslims organizations are divided into four groups which are Sunni, Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi groups.

Judiasm in Russia

Judaism is a monotheistic religion and started making its influence on Russian culture in the 16th century. According to the belief of Judaism, God is one and He is only concerned about the deeds and happenings of its mankind.

Religions in Russia

Judaism Symbol

Another thing on which they strongly believe is that God has selected them to set an example of ethical behavior in the world. The believers of Judaism have a strong faith that one day Messiah (the man of God) will reunite and bring peace to the world.

Hinduism in Russia

Hinduism has been spread in Russia primarily due to the work of missionaries from the Vaishnava Hindu organization International Society for Krishna Consciousness and by itinerant Swamis from India and small communities of Indian immigrants.

Religions in Russia

God Shiva in Hindhuism

There is an active Tantra Sangha operating in Russia. According to a 2010 religious census, there are 140,000 Hindus in Russia.

Taoism in Russia

Taoism is a basically a religion originated from china and this has shaped the lives of people in china for more than 2,000 years ago. The believers of this religion strongly support magic and proto-science.

Religions in Russia

Cebu Taoist Temple


A large number of missionaries operating in the country are from Protestant denominations. According to a global survey conducted at the end of 2013, 2% of surveyed Russians identify as Protestants or another branch of Christianity.

Religions practiced in Russia

Place where Protestant perform their religious practices

Protestants in Russia constitute between 0.5 and 1.5% (i.e. 700,000 - 2 million adherents) of the overall population of the country.

These are the religions that are mostly practiced in Russia. Russian is a cultural hub with people of different religions living there. Russians respect every religion and condemn religious biasness. They welcome people from every religion and also give them free hand to practice their beliefs.

To adjust in Russia you should know what kind of believers live there. Religion has a very strong impact on the values, norms and behaviors of people. Get to know in detail about the religion being practiced in Russia to have better understanding.

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