Orthodox religion in Russia.
Today Russian Orthodoxy is the largest religious group in the country. Most Russians do attend Christmas services and avoid drinking alcohol during Easter. There is a quite difference between Russkiy, ethnic Russians, and Rossiyane, citizens of Russia belonging to different ethnic groups.
Muslims constitute Russia’s second largest religious group. It is the historically dominant religion among some Caucasian ethnic groups (the Chechens, the Ingush and the Adyghe), and some Turkic peoples (the Tatars and the Bashkirs). Many Muslims in Russia attend Friday prayers and observe Ramadan.
Catholicism is the religion about 0.1% of the total population. Because the number of “ethnic Catholics” in Russia, that is to say, Poles and Germans, and smaller minorities, they continually declining due to emigration and secularisation.
Historically, Buddhism was incorporated into Siberia. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Buddhist revival began in Kalmykia in Buryatia and Tuva and began to spread to Russians in other regions. Buddhism in Russia is almost exclusively of the Tibetan Vajrayana schools. There are many Russian converts, and as the result appeared a Russianised (Rossiysky) Buddhism, and of Western Buddhist missionaries.
To find out about various ethnicities and religious traditions, you can on our guided tours. For example, you will get acquainted with the greatest architectural monuments: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Kazan Cathedral on the Red Square of the Russian capital, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, St. Isaac’s Cathedral of the Northern Capital, a magnificent example of Art Nouveau mosque in St. Petersburg. Also, you will see unusual interiors and mosaics in the Moscow synagogue, as well as an unforgettable Buddhist temple of the city on the Neva River.
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