2007-08-08 13:58:00

Russians becoming less zealous believers - poll

Moscow, August 8, Interfax - Fifty-six percent of Russians consider themselves to be Orthodox believers, according to a poll of 2,000 respondents conducted by the Yury Levada Analytical Center in July.

One-third of respondents said they considered themselves atheists, and the remainder said they belonged to other religions.

A total of 59% of respondents said they never attended church services, up 4% since 2005, and only 2% said they attended church every week and 4% every month, a 1-2% decrease over the same period.