The majority of Russians consider themselves as Christians, and belong to Russian Orthodox Church. It's a great achievement for the country where atheism was the official state religion for more than 70 years. Believe it or not, most of them are not true believers. They appreciate Christian moral values but do not follow them. Religion is not a real part of their life, it is said that they are more aware of horoscopes than the Bible. Church service in Russia can be attended any day of the week and performed every day 2 or 3 times. People usually attend the church just to light a candle and quickly pray. They do it to ask for something to happen or to remember a close person who is dead. Also, they do not have to be a member of the church to do it. Church survives selling candles and reminder notes and charging for services such as baptizing, weddings and funerals. Church marriage is not official in Russia either, a couple has to register their marriage with government authorities first to be allowed to have church ceremony performed.