The number of believers among servicemen of Russian Armed Forces doubles
Moscow, January 26, 2016
The percentage of believers among the servicemen in the Russia’s Armed Forces has increased more than twice since 2001 and now they make up 76 percent of the total number of military men, reported head of Directorate for working with religious servicemen at the Chief Directorate for educational work in the Russian army Alexander Surovtsev on Tuesday to the journalists.
“In 2001 only 37 percent of servicemen, when asked if they considered themselves believers, answered yes, and in 2015 as many as 76 percent gave a positive answer,” said A. Surovtsev at the annual international Nativity Educational Readings at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces.
He added that 88 percent of servicemen call themselves Orthodox Christians and 9 percent call themselves Muslims, reports RIA-Novosti.
“The number of Muslims serving in the Armed Forces has nearly halved compared to last year but it has to do with the specificity of the conscription campaigns,” A. Surovtsev noted.
According to him, the rates of Buddhists and representatives of various Protestant denominations slightly increased in the army over 2015, but still they make up only “several percent or less than 1 percent” of the overall number of the believers.
27 / 01 / 2016
Also here you can read
Atlas of America’s Orthodox Christian monasteries a “first”
Historic church discovered in Turkey’s Nevşehir ‘could change history of Orthodoxy’
St Photios Shrine Celebrating the 34th Anniversary
Bishop Nicholas leads Patronal Feast of Novo-Diveevo & Installation of Convent’s New Abbess
Christian Arabic Summer Course in NJ
Tens of thousands walk for life in San Francisco
Athens Virtual Reality Theater Presents Hagia Sophia History
Putin urges careful approach towards Lenin reburial issue not to divide society
Thousands March for Life in Chicago
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia Performs All-Night Vigil at Geneva’s Elevation of the Holy Cross Cathedral of the Western European Diocese
BREAKING: Grand jury indicts pro-life investigator behind baby part videos, clears Planned Parenthood
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns destruction of an ancient monastery in Iraq