Russians who believe in a God may be more useful to society than atheists
The authors of the new study asked 1500 Russians from 105 urban and rural communities in 43 regions of the country to fill out several detailed anonymous questionnaires.
It turned out that those who consider themselves to be believers are 33 percent more likely to volunteer than atheists. This also applies to those who do not go to church or do it very rarely. They also supported non-profit organisations (NGOs) more often, but not just any, but those aimed at helping the least protected groups of population — women who became victims of violence, homeless people, etc. At the same time, however, believers tend not to trust non-profit organisations that promote any 'national and patriotic' interests or interests of the state.