|Acknowledge their Entire|
|Trust in the Russian||45.3||44.4||43.8|
|Orthodoxy" as a||5.9***†||2.6***†||11.6***†|
|† Absolute value of standardized chi square residuals|
of Russians, in Ukraine only 8.7 percent of respondents indicate this stereotypical feature in the same regard. Subsequently, in Central Asia, where the awareness of "religiousness" of titular majorities is higher, a symbiosis of Russian national and religious identities is more salient. In Ukraine, the similarity of major Christian religions and moderate religious loyalties of Russians, as well as Ukrainians, explain the prevalence of cultural over religious notions in molding Russian national identity.
It has been argued here that the breakdown of trust and the crisis of identity mutually reinforce each other. In the atmosphere of crucial social change when the social frame of reference becomes inadequate and the images of "generalized other" are blurred, the "religious solution" to the crisis of identity appears to be plausible. Russians, presently experiencing the dual shock of the disintegration of the country and the collapse of the social system, are potentially receptive to this option of partial withdrawal from anomie. The current turmoil in the dismantled Union and the deficit of widely acceptable models for the reestablishment of the sense of coherence inspire the return to the religious roots of Russian history and culture.
This is particularly true for Russian minorities in the newly formed independent states -- successors of the Soviet Union. Their hopeless
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Publication information: Book title: Politics and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe:Traditions and Transitions. Contributors: William H. Swatos Jr - Editor. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 98.