In 1992, SON Network began our ministries in this large and culturally rich country.

Initially, we came alongside the remnant of the Lutheran church to help them rebuild. Over the years, the vision expanded and the first English Bible Camps were born. Unfortunately, in 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into effect the Yaravaya Law. Embedded in this anti-terrorism law is are severe restrictions on any form of Evangelism and Missionary activity. This has made it increasingly more difficult (but not impossible) to do the Lord’s work in this country.

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Country Snapshot

AREA: (approximately 1.8 times the size of the US) total: 17,098,242 sq km (6,601,668 sq miles), land: 16,377,742 sq km ( 6,323,482 sq miles), water: 720,500 sq km (278,187 sq miles)

Population: 142,122,776 (July 2018 est.)

Population growth rate: -0.11% (2018 est.)

Capital City: Moscow

Independence Day: 24 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union); notable earlier dates: 1157 (Principality of Vladimir-Suzdal created); 16 January 1547 (Tsardom of Muscovy established); 22 October 1721 (Russian Empire proclaimed); 30 December 1922 (Soviet Union established)

Ethnic Groups: Russian 77.7%, Tatar 3.7%, Ukrainian 1.4%, Bashkir 1.1%, Chuvash 1%, Chechen 1%, other 10.2%, unspecified 3.9%  note: more than 190 ethnic groups are represented in Russia’s 2010 census (2010 est.) note: nearly 200 national and/or ethnic groups are represented in Russia’s 2010 census

Languages: Russian (official) 85.7%, Tatar 3.2%, Chechen 1%, other 10.1%

Life Expectancy at Birth: total population: 71.3 years / male: 65.6 years / female: 77.3 years (2018 est.)

Religious Groups:
Russian Orthodox 15-20%
Muslim 10-15%
other Christian 2% (2006 est.)

Note: estimates are of practicing worshipers; Russia has large populations of non-practicing believers and non-believers, a legacy of over seven decades of Soviet rule

SON’s Work in Russia

English Bible Camps/Life & Adventure Camps

SON Network continues to take small hand-picked teams each summer and pray that the seeds that are planted will keep God’s Word alive and thriving throughout Russia. For more information, see the Opportunities page.

Other Partnerships

Due to possible governmental threats to our Russian ministry partners, we are unable to openly post information specific to their ministries. However, if you would like to be part of a private mailing list that receives regular updates, please contact us and we will add your information.