As Russia drifts ever closer to outlawing Islam altogether, the Mayor of Moscow, Russia’s capital city, has ruled that no new mosques will be allowed to be built for the city’s growing Muslim population.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced his decision in a recent interview with the newspaper Pravda. Interestingly, in the interview, Mayor Sobyanin admitted that Moscow “could not manage” without its large Muslim immigrants and temporary workers, but he still intended to ban new mosques.
“No new building permits will be issued. I think that’s enough mosques for Moscow,” the mayor said.
The mayor has been railing against immigrants for some time, though. In February he noted that “Muscovites are becoming irritated by people who speak a different language, have different customs, and display aggressive behavior.”
Banning the construction of new mosques isn’t the only anti-Islam ruling that has been handed down in Russia of late. Only as late as October a particular translation of the Koran was banned by a court in Russia.
The translation, by a Muslim theologian named Elmir Kuliyev, was banned for “statements about the superiority of Muslims over non-Muslims.”
Clashes between nationalist Russians and immigrant Muslims have been mounting in Russia lately. Earlier this year a pair of Russians shot a Muslim immigrant on a subway in Moscow and the shooting was caught on video.
Violence will continue between Muscovites and immigrant Muslims. What do you think? Tell us your feelings in the comments.
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