The Russian Orthodox Church is the dominant religion. After the October Revolution (1917), the Communists separated the church from the state (which were previously very tightly bonded) and began to discourage all religious worship. Many churches were forced to close under Lenin and Stalin. Mikhail Gorbachev was the first Soviet leader who changed official policy and tolerated - even supported - religion. A number of churches are being restored or rebuilt, including a popular one in the centre of Moscow that was blown up by Stalin. There are almost only Russian Orthodox churches in rural areas, but nearly every malor religion and many Chris-tian churches have members in large cities. Freedom of worship is guaranteed, and religion is expected to play a major role in the society's future.
"...And this is what I learnt in Russia: I learnt not to stress for things that don't depend on me. I learnt patience. I learnt to listen to people (even if I have progress to do). I learnt to enjoy every good things, to live in the present, not waiting for tomorrow. It is not so bad for a simple trainership, is it ? Of course, I have also learnt Russian, I have got a very big AIESEC experience..."