Moscow, September 23, Interfax - Over 2.5 million Muslims now live in Moscow, Russian Council of Muftis head Ravil Gainutdin said.
"Over 2.5 million Muslims now live in Moscow alone, and at least one million Muslims live in the Moscow region and in St. Petersburg. The number of Muslims is in the hundreds of thousands in the Yekaterinburg, Perm, Tyumen, Omsk, and Rostov metropolitan areas," Gainutdin said in his report given at the 7th congress of the Muslim Spiritual Board of Russia in Moscow on Monday.
In the meantime, the head of the Council of Muftis recently gave a higher number. "I now hear from the Moscow administration that 3-4 million city residents, both permanent and temporary, are Muslims," he said in an interview published in the Friday edition of the newspaper Izvestia.