03 October 2014, 10:08
Moscow mufti speaking at the OSCE platform disproves rumors about Muslims oppressed in Russia
Warsaw, October 3, Interfax - Mufti of Moscow, the Central Region and Chuvashia Mufti Albir Krganov says that information about Islamophobia in Russia is far from being true.
"As a religious leader and a member of the Public Chamber I can say that we always monitor the situation in the country's Muslim community. There are almost eight thousands of mosques in Russia and over hundred Muslim educational establishments, dozen of them are higher educational establishments," the mufti said at a session of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw commenting spread rumors on opposing Muslims in Russia.
He said that state-supported foundation on assisting Islamic culture, science and education extends significant help in realizing Muslim board tasks and social projects. At the same time, representatives of Muslim peoples are widely represented in authoritative agencies at federal and regional levels.
"If someone doubts, we invite you to visit Russia and see real state of things in the country. Welcome, we'll be glad to share our experience with you," the Islamic leader said.
Speaking about wearing hijabs, he said that this question did not have a universal character in regions of the Caucasus and the Volga Region.
"There are local problems in some places. We work to settle them, we're going to have hearings on the topic in the Chamber. Our experts have concrete suggestions," Krganov said.
As to the referendum in Crimea, he reminded that he participated in it as an international observer, and confirm that "will of the Crimean people was free of any pressure."