Cover Osteuropa 6/2009

In Osteuropa 6/2009

Religion and Religiosity in Russia
"And the Sun Stood Still, and the Moon Stayed"

Veniamin Simonov

Deutsche Fassung


A representative poll by the Levada Centre on the Church and faith in Russia offers unknown insights into the religious life of believers. The faithful provide information on their values, their treatment of the sacraments and dogma, and their religious practices. The Church operates freely, and the people can live their faith. But the formation of a religious ideology is not yet complete. Believers have not internalised key tenets of faith. Faith is accompanied by superstitious practices. Neither believers, nor the church are using Russia's religious potential.

(Osteuropa 6/2009, pp. 189–216)