"A social portrait of today's believer" (by Mikhail Mtschedlov, Yuri Gavrilov, and Alexandr
Shevchshenko) presents results of a sociological study among 1800 Russians, - carried out back in December 2000. Subjects of analysis were world-outlook orientations (believers, non-believers, confessional adherence etc.) demonstrated by persons interviewed, social and demographic characteristics of believing persons, their political preferences and recent electoral voting, attitudes towards government and civic institutions in Russia. Christian (Orthodox) and Moslem groups of believers are treated separately. Describing major popular attitudes to predominant religious organizations in Russia, authors emphasize that the level of popular trust to these bodies does slightly exceed a half among the believing individuals. A particularly low level of trust to them is stated to be manifest among the most socially influential groups.