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Religions in the former USSR Republics

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Meklit Daniel

on 25 November 2012

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By: Meklit Daniel, Ynden Lizardo, and Grant de la Vasselais Religion in the former USSR Russian Orthodoxy Islam Judaism After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the three core religions in the 15 newly formed republics (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) have grown rapidly
Overall, Islam is not the only fastest growing religion in the world but also in this region of Europe
Approximately 20% of Moscow's population is Muslim along with 54%, 20%, and 95% in Tatarstan, North Ossetia, and Chechnya respectively
With the rise of the Muslim population, conflicts have initiated in some regions which are now dormant Current Event Religion in the Former USSR Republics Religion has and still does play a major and vital role in the former USSR republics
Many religions are dominant in these nations including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism
In order to knit the various lands with diverse cultures together as one under the Soviet Union ruling, the USSR government created an official policy of atheism, which lead to the rise of secularism and declining number of adherents following the native religions of these republics As the dominant religion, Russia adopted Christianity in 988 A.D. under Prince Vladimir of Kiev, which led to the foundation of Russian Orthodoxy About 67% of Russia claim to be Orthodox
Despite the Soviet Union's harsh past with Orthodoxy and other religions, this sect of Christianity is actually more acceptable by the government St. Basil's Cathedral- Moscow, Russia The Russian Orthodox cross which is unique for its detailed decorations Now, Orthodoxy is regaining strength within Russia and in the former USSR republics claiming more adherents In the Caucasus region, Islam is the rising and primary religion In 642, Azerbaijan became under Islamic control along with the rest of the Caucasus region
During the tenth century A.D. Islam was one of the most dominant religions in central Asia In the seventh century A.D. Islam entered into Russia including the reign of the Rightly Guided Caliphate Currently, Islam is one of the main religions in the former USSR republics Currently, Islam is still a dominant religion in this region, but wars have broken out between Muslims (e.g. Chechnya Wars) Kul Sharif Mosque in Kazan, Russia Much Anti-Semitic views came from Russian peasants after their viewed the Jews' activities such as tax collecting
During the early years of the USSR, Jews gained more freedom to into the Russian society, but Stalin targeted the Jews while reigning in the 1930s Judaism began having influence in Russia during the 16th century after the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 by Queen Isabella Between 1992 and 1995 hundreds of thousands of Jews emigrated to North America for more freedom Now Judaism is still a prominent religion practiced by many people in this region Russian Jews Bibliography "Judaism in Russia." Judaism in Russia. Sacred Destinations, 2010. Web. 22 Nov. 2012. <http://www.sacred-destinations.com/russia/russia-judaism.htm>.
"Religion in Russia." Russian Embassy in London. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, 2012. Web. 22 Nov. 2012. <http://www.rusemb.org.uk/religion/>.
"Russia's Muslims: A Benign Growth." The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 04 Apr. 2007. Web. 22 Nov. 2012. <http://www.economist.com/node/8961754>.
"Islam in Russia." Www.islamicglory.com. N.p., 02 Feb. 2010. Web. 22 Nov. 2012. <http://www.islamicglory.com/en/index.php?option=com_content>. Map of World Religions in the former USSR
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