About 80% Russia's citizens say they are Orthodox Christians. This is according to the statement made at a press conference by Cyril, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. He said this does not mean that everyone in the 80% attends church services, yet, theologically, these people are Orthodox Christians.
Metropolitan also said that earlier the Russian Orthodox Church had been the force uniting the Russian state. 'The church survived through the years of genocide but lost its strength', he added. 'Now the church, supported by the people, is once again part of public, though not political life. Non-participation in politics allows the Church to carry on with its prophetic mission, that is, speak the truth and be the voice of conscience. It is not to us to judge how successful we are. We believe that Russia is also the home of religious minorities and they have every reason to feel comfortable here.'