But Muslims are not the only group of people who practice polygyny in Russia. There are old believers, Mormons, other religious and social groups as well as extremely patriarchal people whose lifestyle implies polygamy. The communities associated with them often pose as discussion clubs, but at the same time possess all the characteristics of totalitarian sects. Their followers practice polygamy without being officially married to any of the women.
Surprisingly enough, there are some 10-20 communities dedicated to polygamous marriages on Russian social network vk.com (Facebook analog). There, men and women discuss and promote the ideas of group relationships, and also look for second and third wives in their families. Additional wives are sought not only by men themselves, but also by their "first" spouses. Herewith, the main members of such groups are not Muslims, but Orthodox Russians. In their opinion, polygyny is an ancient Slavic custom that should be observed nowadays.