According to statistics in 2011, there are over 100,000 people of Russian origin living in Cyprus and this number has grown substantially. Limassol seems to be the area of choice followed by Larnaca and Paphos. A large part of this community migrated here in the late 1990’s and have been Cypriot residents since then. Limassol has three Russian schools and higher education centres boasting thousands of students. A Russian church has also been built in the Limassol area to accommodate the Russian community. This is the first Russian church on the island, which is run by the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, but delivers sermons in Russian. The Russian Commercial Bank (RCB) also has branches in Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos.