"The religious revival, which began nationwide during the USSR’s last decade, affected all religious denominations, including the so-called “traditional” religions, which had deep roots in Imperial Russia’s history, and new religions that appeared after the collapse of Soviet ideology. The religious renaissance manifested itself through the rapidly increasing number of religious communities, religion’s fast penetration into social and political life, and the church buildings that mushroomed all over the country. This article focuses on the history of the religious landscape in Russia since 1989, using the city of Ekaterinburg as a case study. We use the religious landscape concept to analyze the representation of different religions in the city, which manifested themselves through the buildings designed and used for public worship—the main elements and markers of religious life in the city. This research is based on contemporary statistics and narratives about Ekaterinburg’s religious institutions, as well as field observations."

Elena Glavatskaya is a senior research fellow at the Institute of History and Archaeology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a history professor at Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia. She received a PhD in history for her dissertation, which focused on the Siberian people’s religious traditions. She has published over one hundred articles on ethnic and religious minorities in Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church history. Glavatskaya currently leads a research project focused on ethno-religious and demographic dynamics in the Urals.



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