Russia's Other "Mormons" : Their Origins and Relationship to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Throughout Russia, there were rumors of long-established Mormon members living and practicing their religion in that country. Since no formal Mormon missionary work was done before 1989, questions were raised whether this was fact or fiction. Some people claiming to be "Mormons" were found, but they had no connections with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some similarities might exist such as abstinence from alchohol and liquor, practice of polygamy, close families, or strong work ethics. Others may unknowingly have called these religionists "Mormons" because they practiced a nontraditional faith or the name was considered generic. The question could be asked that when General Alexandr Lebed called Mormons "slime" and "mold," was he referring to these generic Mormons, LDS Mormons, or did he even know any Mormons? Since this study was limited in scope, there may be uses and meanings of the term "Mormon" in Russia still unknown to outsiders.