Other Spiritual Christian (non-Orthodox, sectarian) groups with origins in Old Russia that resettled in North America (Adventisty, Baptisti, Dukhobortsy,** Evangeliki, Pyatidesyatniki, Shalaputi, Subbotniki, Svobodniki, etc.) are not the focus of this taxonomy, though they were all often called malakan as a group, or Molokan in error.
Molokane have a central hierarchy (a bureaucracy), published contacts and content on the Internet, meetings, conventions, buildings, interfaith representation, and a long a history of publications in Russia.
They are Bible-centered Christians in Russia, not Orthodox, who retain about 10% of Orthodox rituals.
To hide a complicated, confusing and illegal history in Old Russia which misled descendants' understanding of their origins; confused many with the similar term malakan; and, it is an easy and safe, though incorrect, word to use in English. Only the one of the many is Spiritual Christian Molokan.
——————————————————————————— Why should I care about this simple Taxonomy? To get a little education, just a little, so your vocabulary will be clearer to you, and others will know what you are talking about.
* "Sect" and "sectarian" as derived from the Latin secta, "a way, road" ...
a discipline or school of thought as defined by a set of methods and doctrines.
That's so much easier than remembering Vassili Ivanovich, Mikhail Kondratich, Parasha Petrovna, ... Imagine a dude who doesn't know many words and always calls a #2 Phillips screwdriver "hammer," a shop broom "hammer," or a 15" pipe-wrench "hammer"? Every tool with a handle he calls "hammer." Would you get the tools yourself, or teach him a few new words? To me, this is like Socrates "for clarity" would continue to say the earth is flat, because most uneducated people still think that way, and he did not want to upset or confuse them.
Imagine that your spiritual friends hear that "yellow-tail tuna are running at Long Beach." They chartered a boat and invited you. The boat captain stops at a school of barracuda claiming they are tuna. "They swim, have a head and tail." Would you complain? It is a monument to their stupidity, like people who continue to say that Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples, Native North Americans, Tribes, First Nations, etc. Not knowing the right words is silly, like calling all animals with 4 feet and a tail "cats" because you don't know the other names (dog, horse, mouse, sheep, wolf, etc.); or, a dude not knowing the names of their tools, calling everything "hammer" because it has a stick handle.
I traveled to the Former Soviet Union 5 times (1992, 1997, 2007, 2011, 2015) for more than a year total time, to document Spiritual Christian communities. While visiting nearly 100 Spiritual Christian congregations around the world, differences between the confused faiths became obvious.