Russian in Türkiye (Turkey)


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

Russia is the largest nation in the world by land area. Ethnic Russians make up about four-fifths of the population. The Russian Empire (1721-1917) under the Romanov Dynasty played a major role in world history. The Russian Socialist Republic was the dominant power in the Soviet Union (1922-1991). When the USSR dissolved, Russians fled for economic reasons. Some of them re-settled in Turkey where they married into Turkish families and integrated into the local culture. This is surprising given the hundreds of years of conflict between the Russian Empire and the Turkish-based Ottoman Empire.

Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February of 2022. This started a second wave of Russians moving to Turkey, which has been limited by the Turkish government.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Russians tend to be reserved in public but more friendly in private. Births among Russians are low, and the abortion rate is high. The Russian population will decrease over the next few decades according to current statistics. Many couples have no children or one child.

The Russians love tea and vodka. Alcoholism is a huge problem for Russians just about everywhere they live. Alcohol is frowned upon in Turkey, a Sunni Muslim country.

Though the number of new Russian migrants to Turkey is limited, the few who make it have money. Their presence has driven up the price of apartments in Turkish resort towns. Russians living in Turkey tend to be anti-war.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Over half of the Russian people claim to be Christian. Over one third of Russians say they have no religion or do not believe in a supernatural being.

Russian orthodox believers have much in common with evangelicals. Both believe in the Trinity, the deity and resurrection of Christ and the inspiration of the Bible. Unlike Roman Catholic priests, Russian Orthodox priests can marry and have a family. The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is considered the first among equals among the bishops and does not have the power or prestige of the Roman Catholic Pope. Icons or special painted pictures of Jesus, Mary and the saints play a prominent part in worship in Russian Orthodox Churches.


What Are Their Needs?

Christianity is much more than a national religious identity or system of morality. Russians need to experience a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Russians will need to see real faith demonstrated in the lives of Jesus’ followers no matter where they live.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Russians will realize that they need to do more than go to the church and will give their lives completely to Jesus Christ.

Pray for a spiritual revival in the lives of Russian Orthodox priests and bishops leading them to teach Christ, not traditions.

Pray that Russians will read and understand their Bibles.

Pray for disciple making movements to begin among Russians all over the world.


Scripture Prayers for the Russian in Türkiye (Turkey).


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russians_in_Turkey

https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-issues-fewer-visas-for-russians/a-64584540

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/influx-russians-drives-up-home-prices-turkish-resort-prompts-call-ban-2022-12-14/

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Russian
People Name in Country Russian
Alternate Names Eluosi; Olossu; Russ
Population this Country 68,000
Population all Countries 135,843,000
Total Countries 70
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 14598
ROP3 Code 108452
ROP25 Code 307073
ROP25 Name Russian
Country Türkiye (Turkey)
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Türkiye (Turkey)
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.20 %)
68.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
13.00 %
Non-Religious
19.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Russian (68,000 speakers)
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect South Russian
Dialect Code 16118   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Russian (68,000 speakers)
Language Code rus   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect South Russian
Dialect Code 16118   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Russian

Primary Language:  Russian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1875-2023)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Russian Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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