16 March 2021, 10:00
One in 8 Russians plan to observe Lent this year - poll
Moscow, March 16, Interfax - Almost one in eight Russians intend to observe Lent this year, and the proportion among Orthodox Christians reaches 17%, according to the findings of a VCIOM poll obtained by Interfax.
Asked whether they had heard about Lent, 51% of respondents said they had heard something, but did not know exactly on which dates it falls this year. Among those who are religious, such respondents accounted for 45%.
Sixteen percent said Lent starts after pancake week, and 14%, or one in seven, said March 15. Nearly one-fifth of Orthodox Russians, or 19%, know the correct start date this year.
Meanwhile, 22% are undecided as to whether to observe Lent. Among religious Russians, the proportion is 30%, the pollster said.
Two-thirds of Russians, or 64%, ruled out religious fasting. Among Orthodox Russians, the proportion was 51%.
Only two percent of Orthodox Russians observe all four fasting periods, and 71% do not. Eleven percent of respondents who self-identify as Orthodox Christians normally observe only Great Lent and not the others.
The poll found that 66% of Russians consider themselves Orthodox.
The nationwide poll was conducted among 1,600 adult respondents on March 5.