Russian Federation RU


GMO Gospel Visits 2014


Indicated decisions 2014

142 million


93.9 million

1.6 million are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Russian Federation
  • Social Control

  • Cultural Distinctions

    Has come under the control of the strongman, Vladimir Putin,  during last two decades.
  • Top 25 Stats

    Total Population- 142.1 M (9th); Total Christians- 93.9 M (5th); Total Gospel Visits- 5.3 M (18th).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

  • Human Development Index

  • Internet Access

    59.27% (52nd)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Russian (80.5%); Ural-Siberian (6.8%); Caucasus (3.8%); Ukrainian (2.1%); Finno-Ugric (2%); Armenian (0.8%); Belarusian (0.6%); Kazakh (0.5%).
  • Common Languages

    Russian, but local languages often used in republics
  • Economy

    Large natural resources, such as oil, gas, timber, minerals, and lots of farmland.
    The enormous size, isolation, corruption, crime, and few seaports limit progress.
    Russian oligarchs seized industry that were state-owned and became billionaires.
    The economy has been stronger, but there are a lot of unemployed.
    Economic dependence on oil/gas exports causes severe problems when oil prices decrease.
    Has a corrupt, weak infrastructure, and an aging population which cause many problems.
  • History / Politics

    Russia is the world’s largest country in size and stretches across 9 time zones.
    It became a country in the 8th century and has almost always been under authoritarian rule.
    Marxism controlled from 1917-1991 which caused severe economic and human rights issues.
    Multiparty democracy since 1991, but President Putin restored a strong central authority.
    Has limited freedom of the press and media, unrest in some regions, and strain with the West.
    Millions struggle with poverty and hopelessness; Population is decreasing and future is bleak.
  • Spirituality

    Orthodox church suffered severe persecution from 1920-1970 with 200,000 leaders killed.
    Government restrictions make it harder for evangelicals to minister.
    Evangelicals help with services to poor, elderly, prisoners, addicts, and AIDS patients.
    There needs to be greater unity among all evangelical churches and the Orthodox church.
  • Prayers

    Pray that there will be a revival in the Orthodox church; About 90% of people are churchless.
    Pray for more freedom for evangelicals to grow and for workers to help with the growth.


All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.