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Russia's Other "Mormons"

When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, he mistakenly identified the natives as “Indians.” In a similar way, the term “Mormon” has been mistakenly used in Russia since at least 1910 to refer to members of local minority religions—especially those that abstain from alcohol and tobacco—and in some cases to tight-knit, hardworking extended family groups.

Eric A. Eliason and Gary Browning, “Russia’s Other ‘Mormons,’” BYU Studies, vol. 40, no. 1 (2001), 6–3