Religion

Authored by: Thomas Bremer

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415576277
eBook ISBN: 9780203804490
Adobe ISBN: 9781136641022

10.4324/9780203804490.ch33

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Abstract

There is hardly any sector in Russian state and society which has undergone such radical changes in public perception as religion: suppressed and widely ignored in the Soviet Union, religion and especially Orthodoxy has become one of the most respected elements in contemporary Russia. In Russia, religion has a positive connotation which it has lost in most other modern industrial countries. And it is very much present in the public sphere; this is shown by a glance in almost any street scene in a Russian city or on the skyline in most towns, which has changed considerably because of the construction of new churches.

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