THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

Analysis of the distinguishing features of the formation of ethno-confessional space of the Russian Astrakhan (by the example of Orthodoxy and Catholicism)

2013. №4, pp. 267-272

Dryagalov Vyacheslav S.  - Leading Expert, Astrakhan State University, 20а Tatischev st., 414056, Astrakhan, Russian Federation,, dc_mail@bk.ru

Topchiev Mikhail S.  - Ph.D. (Political Sciences), Leading Expert, Astrakhan State University, 20а Tatischev st., 414056, Astrakhan, Russian Federation,, dc_mail@bk.ru

The article analyses the peculiarities of the ethnic and confessional policy, carried out by the local authorities taking into account the unique multi-confessional specificity of Russian Astrakhan, in the conditions of the nationwide support of Orthodoxy and restrictions on the activities of other confessions. As an example examines some historical aspects of the formation of Catholicism and Orthodoxy in the Astrakhan region. Partially addresses the issues of transformation of the national religious policy, initiated by Catherine II.

Key words: state religious policy,Orthodoxy,Catholicism,toleration,and religion

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