10:40am | 10 December 2017T he first church to be officially closed in Russia was the historic St. George’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, built in 1848.
Now the building is under threat.
A sign outside the church reads “St George’s cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia has been closed.”
The church, which has been the centre of Russian Orthodox Christianity for the past 30 years, was the centre for Russian churches for centuries.
The last church to close in Russia in 20 years was the St. Vladimir Cathedral in the city of Vologda, in the republic of North Ossetia, which was converted into a Christian centre in 2003.
There are now more than 1,000 churches in Russia, many of which are closed.
In many cases, they were set up as church houses and have since been used as a gathering place for churches, for worship services and as meeting places for the faithful.
In 2016, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) of Russia closed almost 40% of its churches, citing a lack of funds.
The ROC has said that it will close more than a dozen of its remaining churches by 2025, with an eye on the possibility of opening new ones.
The majority of these will be in Russia’s north-east.
Many churches have been damaged or destroyed by fire, with the majority of those destroyed or severely damaged being churches in the North Caucasus region, where the Russian state is waging war against separatists.
There have been reports of a resurgence in the number of churches in North Caucasus, particularly in the cities of Chechnya and Dagestan, which are controlled by the militants.
“It is difficult to tell what impact the closure will have on the overall church population,” said Dr Tanya Stojanovic, head of the Russian Center for Church-Building at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The number of Russian churches has dropped to around 2.6 million, or one church every 3,000 people, down from 3.6 in 1990, she told Al Jazeera.
The Church in God in Russia (CIG), founded in 1994, is one of Russia’s oldest churches.
It is the oldest Christian church in the world and one of the oldest in the former Soviet Union.CIG’s mission is to provide an authentic experience for its members and to foster a culture of prayer, faith, and love among all.
The mission of the CIG is to promote the spiritual and social well-being of the faithful through the exercise of Christian spirituality, the teaching of the Gospel, the celebration of religious rites, and the observance of religious festivals.
The Russian Orthodox church is a world-wide religious body, with more than 70 million members and around 40 million followers.
The Church of God in North America is the largest denomination in North American, and has more than 12 million members.
The churches in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia are also closed, and churches in Poland, Belarus and Ukraine have been closed.
The church in Ukraine was opened in 1994 by the Bishop of Kyiv.
Today, the congregation numbers about 40,000.
The Anglican church in Russia is the second-largest in the country, and it is known for its pastoral care, which is the main source of income for the church.
In the past two years, the church has suffered losses of around $1m to $1.2m.
The Episcopal Church of the United States is the official church in South America, with about 1.5 million members, which supports more than 3 million people.
The congregation is estimated at about 6,000 members, with a church staff of about 20.
The US Episcopal Church in Russia closed in 2013 and has said it will open again in 2019.
The first church closed in Ukraine in the 1990s is the St John Paul II Cathedral, which had been a church since 1844.
The building is now a museum, but the original building and its chapel were destroyed during the 1990-1994 war in Chechnia, and have been under threat since the time of President Vladimir Putin.
The previous church, the Ukrainian National Cathedral in Donetsk, was also demolished in 1990 and is now in a state of disrepair.
In 2008, the head of CIG, Vladimir Fedotov, said he believed that Russia would never recover from the war in the conflict-torn republic.
“I believe that Russia will never recover,” Fedotberg told Aljazeera.
“I don’t think the Kremlin has any illusions about the way it will be restored and I think there will be a lot of challenges and difficulties.”
The Russian state also announced a $5bn (£3.4bn) package to help churches recover.
The Ministry of the Economy of Russia (MEDR) said the funds would be used for churches to repair damaged buildings, rehabilitate damaged churches and re-open churches to members.”We have