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Religion in Russia/NIS

Wherever there is love, there is peace. - Burmese proverb

The resources below describe the history and traditions of religion in Russia/NIS. Although many of the resources are about the Orthodox faith, we also have tried to cover the diversity of religious and spiritual beliefs practiced in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.


  • A Russian Orthodox Christian Community - St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church *

    St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church is in Dallas Texas. Attractive and informative site about the church, lots of information about Russian Orthodoxy, and pointers to other Orthodox resources on the Net.

  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior *

    Andrey Sebrant has provided photos and this history of this Moscow church with a "long and complicated history."

  • Church of the Veil of Our Blessed Mother, Moscow *

    Photos of this church builit in 1697 outside Moscow and of the Ephipheny holiday on January 19, 1997. (Russian version)

  • Eastern Orthodox Church ~ Home *

    Joint initiative (it appears) by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of West Central Florida and Ukrainian Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Prophet St. Elijah.

  • Krestny Khod *

    Edward Opp has put together photos and text about this 600 year old Russian Orthodox procession that takes place every June 3.

  • Links to Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR) Web Pages *

    Several links to other Russian Orthodox Church sites abroad.

  • Old Rite Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ *

    This church, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, provides information about the faith and its teachings, icons, and more (including a tour of the church!).

  • Russian Orthodox Centre *

    This site is in Russian only and is the information and publishing center of the Russian Orthodox faith.

  • Russian Orthodox Church *

    The official site of the Moscow Patriarchate provides a well written history and state of the church today, news and events, relations and more.

  • Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia *

    The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia site provides a wealth of information regarding the Russian Orthodox Church abroad including its mission, history, organization, and a complete parish directory.

  • Russian Orthodox Church Server *

    This site contains a lot of information about Russian Orthodox Church, its history and traditions

  • Russian Orthodoxy and Her Traditions *

    This site gives a brief description with several beautiful graphics of churches and icons. The site is in Russian, English, and German.

  • Russian Religion *

    Douglas and Colleen Hartman have put together a nice list of resources of the Orthodox religion in Russia.

  • Russian-Orthodox/Net *

    This site describes the background joint projects and initiatives pursued by the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate in Moscow. In addition, there is an abundance of information about the Russian Orthodox church.

  • St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Chisholm, Minnesota *

    In addition to specific information about this church, there are icons, prayers and other related resources to the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • State Museum of the History of Religion *

    This museum exhibits the history of religion in Russia - not only the Orthodox faith but others as well. It is available in Russian, English, French and German.

  • Other Religions and Resources

  • Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia *

    This site is an online version of an original exhibit that has toured Russia since 1995. The purpose of this exhibit about the history of Jews in Europe and in Russia has been put together to help understand their life, religion and culture, the adversities they faced and to present the dangers of intolerance.

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    A project of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews (UCSJ), this site provides news, opinions and advocacy of the Jewish faith in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

  • International Russian Radio/TV *

    Weekly Christian television and radio programming is made available to those in the former Soviet Union.

  • Moscow Choral Synagogue *

    Photos, an interesting history, links and other information is provided about this synagogue that was built in 1891.

  • Mountain Jews *

    This site is about a group who call themselves Juurho, (also known as "Mountain Jews", or, sometimes "Tats") who live mostly in the Northern Caucasus, along the west cost of Caspian Sea in Dagestan, Georgia or Azerbaijan. A history of these people is provided, along with information about the region.

  • Religious Confessions in Moscow *

    The list of different confessions in Moscow with addresses and contact information of their organizations.

  • Russian-Jews *

    This site is contains information on the Russian-Jews or Russian-Torah mailing lists, organizations that work with Russian-Jews, mail-order books in Russian, Russian tours in Israel and the Russian-Jews archives.

  • State Museum of the History of Religion *

    This museum exhibits the history of religion in Russia - not only the Orthodox faith but others as well. It is available in Russian, English, French and German.

  • United Methodist Church in Russia *

    This page, from the unofficial United Methodist Church Page, provides some information about the Methodist church in Russia, focusing on Uylavansk and St. Petersburg.

  • Please let us know of additional resources.

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