Russian in Türkiye (Turkey)

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People Name: Russian
Country: Türkiye (Turkey)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 68,000
World Population: 135,842,700
Primary Language: Russian
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 68.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.20 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Slav, Eastern
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Russia is the largest nation in the world by land area. Ethnic Russians make up about four-fifths of the population. The Russian Empire (1721-1917) under the Romanov Dynasty played a major role in world history. The Russian Socialist Republic was the dominant power in the Soviet Union (1922-1991). When the USSR dissolved, Russians fled for economic reasons. Some of them re-settled in Turkey where they married into Turkish families and integrated into the local culture. This is surprising given the hundreds of years of conflict between the Russian Empire and the Turkish-based Ottoman Empire.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February of 2022. This started a second wave of Russians moving to Turkey, which has been limited by the Turkish government.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Russians tend to be reserved in public but more friendly in private. Births among Russians are low, and the abortion rate is high. The Russian population will decrease over the next few decades according to current statistics. Many couples have no children or one child.

The Russians love tea and vodka. Alcoholism is a huge problem for Russians just about everywhere they live. Alcohol is frowned upon in Turkey, a Sunni Muslim country.

Though the number of new Russian migrants to Turkey is limited, the few who make it have money. Their presence has driven up the price of apartments in Turkish resort towns. Russians living in Turkey tend to be anti-war.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Over half of the Russian people claim to be Christian. Over one third of Russians say they have no religion or do not believe in a supernatural being.

Russian orthodox believers have much in common with evangelicals. Both believe in the Trinity, the deity and resurrection of Christ and the inspiration of the Bible. Unlike Roman Catholic priests, Russian Orthodox priests can marry and have a family. The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is considered the first among equals among the bishops and does not have the power or prestige of the Roman Catholic Pope. Icons or special painted pictures of Jesus, Mary and the saints play a prominent part in worship in Russian Orthodox Churches.

What Are Their Needs?

Christianity is much more than a national religious identity or system of morality. Russians need to experience a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Russians will need to see real faith demonstrated in the lives of Jesus’ followers no matter where they live.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Russians will realize that they need to do more than go to the church and will give their lives completely to Jesus Christ.

Pray for a spiritual revival in the lives of Russian Orthodox priests and bishops leading them to teach Christ, not traditions.

Pray that Russians will read and understand their Bibles.

Pray for disciple making movements to begin among Russians all over the world.

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