"Comparative characteristics of believers and non-believers in Nizhni Novgorod" (by Galina
Shirokalova) reflects changes in the religious situation in Russia during the 1990's, when many quasi-
religious myths had entered social consciousness of Russians, myths affecting state-church relationships.
Article is based on surveys in the city of Nizhni Novgorod and in respective administrative region. As a
result, a portrait emerges of contemporary inhabitant of this major city - accentuating attitude towards the
church. 51,2 per cent referred to themselves as believing, against 27,2 of non-believing, and 21,4, who
chose 'hard to say' position. Tendency of soviet times - gradual reduction of believers - is replaced by the
opposite one. The author cites social demographic characteristics of the respondents, degrees and forms
of their involvement in religious life, influence of religion on moral norms and practices, value
preferences depending on the intensity of individual religious involvement.