The Church has recently discontinued two districts in Russia. The Rostov Russia and Volgograd Russia Districts have been discontinued and branches that previously pertained to these districts now directly report to the Russia Rostov Mission. The Rostov Russia District previously included six branches whereas the Volgograd Russia District previously included four branches. No branches were closed as part of dissolution of either district.
The Church discontinuing both of these districts suggests that there are no prospects within the foreseeable future for either of these districts to become stakes and that district leadership was siphoning limited priesthood manpower that was in greater need for allocation to individual branches. I was surprised with the close of both of these districts as both had at least four branches and appeared to have enough leadership manpower for both branch and district callings. This decision is reminiscent of the Church discontinuing the Canje Guyana District in 2011 as both this district also had a sizable number of branches. In the Guyana example, leadership development problems was the primary reason for the district closure. In Russia, low member activity rates, few convert baptisms, and leadership development problems have been responsible for ongoing congregational consolidations and district closures.
There are now two stakes and five districts in Russia.