Pray for: Russia

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Moscow
Population: 145,912,022
% Urban: 74.9 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 18.2 %
Official Language: Russian; local languages in autonomous republics
Languages: 135
Literacy Rate: 100 %
HDI Ranking: 52 / 189
% Christian: 66.9 %
% Evangelical: 1.2 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 66.9 %
People Groups: 177
Least Reached People Groups: 119
% Unevangelized: 7 %

Russia

Title: Russia

Tier: 1

Type: country

Millions struggle against poverty and hopelessness. Russia has one of the world’s most elderly populations, along with low immigration numbers. Russia’s population drops by over 500,000 each year, and its birth rate is among the world’s lowest. At the same time, Russia’s abortion rate is one of the world’s highest. Alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide, and family breakdown ruin many lives. Health care costs are too high for many to afford, and few have access to it. Russia has Europe’s highest and fastest-rising rate of HIV/AIDS, which affects young people more than others. These struggles rob the country of its future.

Russia

Title: Russia

Tier: 1

Type: country

The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) survived Communism, and it remains the one major symbol of Russian identity. It sees itself as the preserver of a great Christian civilization handed down from Rome and Byzantium. It endured terrible persecution (along with other Christian groups) between 1920 and 1990 when up to 200,000 Christian leaders died as martyrs. Pray that all that is best about Orthodoxy’s 1,000-year history will thrive and influence culture and society. Pray that the ROC will make peace with other Christian groups, and will stop any activity to suppress or harm them. Pray for the renewal movements within Russian Orthodoxy, and for fresh outreach to the Russian people. Russian Orthodoxy is culturally strong, but spiritually weak in the lives of most of its followers.

Russia

Title: Russia

Tier: 1

Type: country

The fall of the Iron Curtain opened Eastern Europe and Central Asia to evangelism, church planting, rebirth of a Christian society, Bible translation work, and more. Churches more than doubled in number and in size, and the number of people who identify themselves as non-religious or atheist dropped by more than half from before 1991! Evangelicals tripled in number since 1991, and now have a recognized place within Russian religious culture. Their experience and maturity allow them to face with wisdom the agendas of both Western and Russian governments. But the days of fast growth (1990s) soon ended. Moscow and St Petersburg have only 10% of Russia’s population, but the largest amount of mission activity, ministry, and resources. Pray for effective outreach to all of Russia’s far-flung cities and towns.

Russia

Title: Russia

Tier: 1

Type: country

The North Caucasus region is the poorest and least stable region in Russia. It has the highest unemployment, the highest birth rates, and widespread corruption. The region’s 7 republics contain 50 to 60 ethnic groups of Caucasus, Turkic, and Iranian origin. The North Caucasus peoples are among the least reached on earth, and they live in Europe’s least-evangelized region. Pray that somehow, Jesus might be revealed to the peoples of this intensely needy corner of the world.

Russia

Title: Russia

Tier: 1

Type: country

Tatarstan has many minerals and good farmland, and a large degree of political and religious independence. The Tatar are Russia’s largest Muslim people (5.5 million), and Europe’s 2nd-largest. (More Tatars live outside Tatarstan than inside.) Only about 10% faithfully practise Islam, though it is a strong part of Tatar identity. Evangelical churches and groups increased among the Tatar, and may now total over 100 congregations! Most are Russian-speaking, but Tatar-speaking believers also grow in number. Persecution from the government, Muslims, and the Orthodox Church all draw evangelicals closer together in fellowship, even those who were historically divided by language and theology. Pray that these brothers and sisters might present a beautiful and profound testimony of unity in Christ to wider society.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.