Russian in Russia

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Introduction / History

The Slavs are ancestors of the Russians who speak Russian which is an east Slavic language. In the years of the Soviet Union, most Russians were not allowed to leave the country and there was not freedom of religion. Since the end of the Soviet times, people have left the country and there is freedom of religion. Most of the religious are going to the Orthodox Church. Russian evangelicals are not too many.

Russian people tend to be superstitious. They are reserved in public but more friendly in private. Older people are respected. They tend to get married mainly in their early twenties. Births among Russians are low and it has been reckoned that the population will decrease. Many families have just one child.

The Russians like tea and vodka and alcoholism is a problem for some of them. Since the end of the Soviet Union, though, there is much more freedom in Russia it has brought about some problems. Crime has increased and so has unemployment. Some however have become self-employed.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Russians will realize that they need to do more than go to the Orthodox Church and will give their lives to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the problems the Russians are having will cause the Russian evangelicals to have success in leading them to salvation too.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-02-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-12
People Name General Russian
People Name in Country Russian
Population in Russia 115,757,000
World Population 133,522,800
Total Countries 71
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Eluosi, Olossu, Russ
People ID 14598
ROP3 Code 108452
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Russian (115,757,000 speakers)
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Russian (115,757,000 speakers)
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Russian

Primary Language:  Russian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1680-2011)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Central Asian (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Holy Synod (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Russian
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
General Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.47 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
35.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
1.0 %
96.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
2.0 %
Roman Catholic
1.0 %
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