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Is Putin Atheist?
Vladimir Putin is a difficult figure to characterize in terms of religion. As the president of the Russian Federation, Putin famously declared that he believed in the importance of the spiritual aspect of life and that spiritual values could be an important source of strength. However, he has never publicly declared his stance on God or religion and as such his beliefs cannot be definitively categorized.
At the same time, there are certain facts that can be used to make an informed guess regarding Putin’s religion. For one, Putin was raised Christian Orthodox, a denomination that is deeply rooted in Russian culture and the Russian political system. This factor may have something to do with why Putin has been so supportive of the Russian Orthodox Church, both publicly and personally. Putin is known to have attended services at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and has been photographed in various religious settings. He has also made various overtures of support for the church, such as hosting religious leaders at the Kremlin and sending his children to Orthodox Christian schools.
However, some have argued that Putin’s actions have been nothing more than political moves designed to gain support from the Orthodox Christian population of Russia. After all, Russia is a majority Christian Orthodox country and the Church has been an important source of cultural and political support for the government. In these circumstances, it is not out of the ordinary for a leader to gain favor by aligning himself with a religious institution.
Yet, it is also true that Putin’s parents were devoted to the Orthodox Church. His father was a member of the Communist Party, but he was also strongly committed to the Orthodox faith and swore to never renounce it. Putin himself has spoken of his parents’ religious faith and how it was passed on to him. Putin’s mother was a practicing Christian who attended church and prayed daily, and Putin is known to make occasional references to the Christian faith, such as in speeches.
All of this suggests that though Putin may be open to some other forms of religion, he is likely a Christian Orthodox believer. He has never declared himself to be either an Atheist or a believer in God, so attempting to classify him as such is difficult. The most we can say is that Putin is likely an adherent of the Christian Orthodox faith, even if the extent to which he believes in it is uncertain.