Country Profile: Russia


Russia is the largest country in the world, spanning nine time zones and covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area.  Russia is also the world’s ninth most populous nation with 143 million people (2012),  with 75% of the population living west of the Ural mountains in European Russia and 25% in Asian Russia.  Russia is comprised of many different ethnic groups of both Slavic and Asian origin.

Prior to the Bolshevik Revolution in 1914, The Russian Orthodox Church was the country’s state religion.   It remains the largest religious body in the country and reflects a cultural religion with many Russian’s identifying themselves as Orthodox, though few attend church or outwardly confess any faith in God.  The Orthodox Church is often antagonistic towards evangelical Christianity and has been successful in seeing laws passed to restrict Evangelical activities.  There is also a large Muslim population, especially in the southern Caucus region and toward towards many of the Muslim republics in the East.

NLI has not been active in Russia over our history…. that is, until recently.  We are currently exploring new relationships and projects in Russia and asking God to lead us as we seek out His purpose for NLIN in Russia and how He would have us serve the church in this great nation.

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All Projects in Russia


Skype Ambassadors - The Power of Collaboration

Posted on: 07-13-2015
It often starts with a casual conversation….. a story about ‘Teacher A,’ struggling to meet the needs of kids with special needs, in a school in Crimea that has limited resources. A story simply shared with “Teacher B’ in a country wit...
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Building Bridges in English

Posted on: 07-09-2015
When working in Eastern Europe, we need to be resourceful and creative in impacting people. Many people inside and outside of the church want to learn English. They are adept at learning languages (many speak two or more) and speaking English can...
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Volgograd Church Planting

Posted on: 04-20-2015
Project Title: Volgograd Church Planting Project Types: Church Planting Project Country: Russia Project Status: In Progress Project Contact: Greg.Swinamer@nlieurope.com [button link=...
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All Projects in Russia


Skype Ambassadors - The Power of Collaboration

Posted on: 07-13-2015
It often starts with a casual conversation….. a story about ‘Teacher A,’ struggling to meet the needs of kids with special needs, in a school in Crimea that has limited resources. A story simply shared with “Teacher B’ in a country wit...
Read More...

Building Bridges in English

Posted on: 07-09-2015
When working in Eastern Europe, we need to be resourceful and creative in impacting people. Many people inside and outside of the church want to learn English. They are adept at learning languages (many speak two or more) and speaking English can...
Read More...

Volgograd Church Planting

Posted on: 04-20-2015
Project Title: Volgograd Church Planting Project Types: Church Planting Project Country: Russia Project Status: In Progress Project Contact: Greg.Swinamer@nlieurope.com [button link=...
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Current Projects in Russia


Volgograd Church Planting

Posted on: 04-20-2015
Project Title: Volgograd Church Planting Project Types: Church Planting Project Country: Russia Project Status: In Progress Project Contact: Greg.Swinamer@nlieurope.com [button link=...
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Church Planting Projects in Russia


Skype Ambassadors - The Power of Collaboration

Posted on: 07-13-2015
It often starts with a casual conversation….. a story about ‘Teacher A,’ struggling to meet the needs of kids with special needs, in a school in Crimea that has limited resources. A story simply shared with “Teacher B’ in a country wit...
Read More...

Building Bridges in English

Posted on: 07-09-2015
When working in Eastern Europe, we need to be resourceful and creative in impacting people. Many people inside and outside of the church want to learn English. They are adept at learning languages (many speak two or more) and speaking English can...
Read More...

Volgograd Church Planting

Posted on: 04-20-2015
Project Title: Volgograd Church Planting Project Types: Church Planting Project Country: Russia Project Status: In Progress Project Contact: Greg.Swinamer@nlieurope.com [button link=...
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Greg Swinamer's Projects in Russia


Skype Ambassadors - The Power of Collaboration

Posted on: 07-13-2015
It often starts with a casual conversation….. a story about ‘Teacher A,’ struggling to meet the needs of kids with special needs, in a school in Crimea that has limited resources. A story simply shared with “Teacher B’ in a country wit...
Read More...

Building Bridges in English

Posted on: 07-09-2015
When working in Eastern Europe, we need to be resourceful and creative in impacting people. Many people inside and outside of the church want to learn English. They are adept at learning languages (many speak two or more) and speaking English can...
Read More...

Volgograd Church Planting

Posted on: 04-20-2015
Project Title: Volgograd Church Planting Project Types: Church Planting Project Country: Russia Project Status: In Progress Project Contact: Greg.Swinamer@nlieurope.com [button link=...
Read More...