2006-08-24 12:30:00

Only four percent convinced atheists in Russia - statistics

Moscow, August 24, Interfax - Only 14% of the population consider themselves unbelievers, including 4% of the convinced atheists, the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) reports.

Each fifth Russian considers himself a believer and tries to observe all religious rites of his religion. 42% consider themselves believers, rather than unbelievers, while 18% of the respondents believe in the divine power, Rossiyskaya Gazeta wrote on Thursday.

The sociologists noted that the number of believers who observe religious prescriptions and rites prevails among people over 60 (35%). Women pay more attention to the rites than men (27% and 16% respectively).

The statistics shows that public opinion is taking a ply for the introduction of the institute of chaplains or other clergymen in the army. 53% of the respondents think it should be done by all means, while 18% see equal number of advantages and disadvantages in it.