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More Russians Come to Believe in Afterlife over Two Decades

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(updated 18:28 28.10.2014)
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Far more Russians today believe in heaven and hell than two decades ago, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Levada Center.

Far more Russians today believe in heaven and hell than two decades ago, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Levada Center.

A total of 53 percent of Russians believe in heaven, at least to a certain extent, which is a 24-percent increase on 1991.

Forty-nine percent of Russians believe in hell - 25 percent more than 21 years ago.

A total of 19 percent more of those polled said they believe in religious miracles (52 percent in 2012 and 33 percent in 1991).

Fifty-nine percent said they believed in bad luck spells - two percent less than in 2010.

The poll was conducted on August 10-13, 2012 among 1,601 adults aged 18 and older in 130 localities of 45 Russian regions. The statistical margin of error does not exceed 3.4 percent.