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Biography of Alexei Krindatch

Alexei D. Krindatch is the research coordinator with the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Alexei D. Krindatch is a sociologist of religion. He was born on May 22, 1966, in Moscow, Russia, to a family of scientists. He graduated cum laude from the Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia) with a major in human and economic geography.

From 1991-2004, Alexei Krindatch worked as a research associate at the Center of Geopolitical Studies of the Institute of Geography (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia). His work focused on the religion in the former Soviet Union and religious revival in the post-Communist societies, especially Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Georgia and Moldova. In 1995, he published a book "Geography of Religions in Russia" (published by Glenmary Research Center: Decatur, Georgia).

Since 2000, Alexei has been increasingly involved in the study of American Orthodox Christianity.

During 2005-2009, Mr. Krindatch served as a research director at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, CA. He developed and administered the Institute's new "Parish Life Program."

In 2010, Alexei assumed position of the research consultant to the "Standing Conferences of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas".

In 2011, Mr. Krindatch was appointed research coordinator with the newly established Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

In 2010-2011, Mr Krindatch directed first ever US National Census of the American Orthodox Christian Churches which provided comprehensive membership and church attendance data:

  • for each American Orthodox Church (both Oriental and non-Oriental)
  • for each local individual Orthodox parish
  • for each geographic area of the US (county, state, or census region)

The National Census of the American Orthodox Churches and Christians was designed as a part of the U.S. "Religious Congregations Membership Study 2010."

Based on results of the National Census of the American Orthodox Churches, Alexei Krindatch published first ever "Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches" (2011, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, also available on He is author of more than 50 publications.