Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion in Russia (68 percent) and 7 percent of the country's population is Muslim. No more than 1 percent of residents define themselves as Catholics, Protestants, Judaists and others, Levada Center said.

There were 50 percent of Orthodox Christians and 4 percent of Muslims in the country a decade ago, Levada Center told Interfax, referring to a poll of 1,600 Russians in November.

The number of nonbelievers dipped, from 32 percent to 19 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of churchgoers is growing. Forty-three percent of the respondents admitted six years ago that they never went to church; there are 35 percent of them now. The number of people who go to church weekly has grown by 4 percent.

Six percent of citizens go to church monthly, 3 percent do that twice or thrice a month, 16 percent once a year, and 17 percent several times a year.

The number of Christians who never made their communion has decreased from 78 percent in 2007 to 65 percent, Levada center said, adding that the number of Christians making their communion once a week or monthly had doubled, from 3 percent to 6 percent.

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