Over 14 Million Russians Plan to Keep Lent, Recent Survey Shows

Certainly, there's a long way to go, but it looks as though Russians are moving in the right direction. 

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Originally appeared at: Orthodox Chrisitanity

Editor's note: Certainly, there's a long way to go, but it looks as though Russians are moving in the right direction. 


One out of every ten Russian intends to observe the Lenten fast this year, according to the results of a new survey conducted by the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Research.

The absolute majority of Russians—94%—have heard about Lent, though only 30% know that it begins after Maslenitsa (Cheesefare).

10% of respondents in the survey said they will certainly be keeping the Lenten fast, while 69% said they would not, and 20% were undecided.

More than half of the respondents (55%) have heard something about Lent and generally know about the rules and restrictions associated with it, while 43% do not.

According to the survey, 20% believe that observing Lent spiritually cleanses a person, 13% believe fasting gives a person willpower and discipline, while 12% think of it in terms of bodily cleansing and health.

The survey was conducted on February 21 with the participation of 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over.

A survey from the Moscow-based Levada Analytical Center in 2017 revealed that 9% of Russians fasted in Holy Week, 15% partially fasted, and only 2% strove to keep the entire Lenten fast.

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