Tag: Islam in Russia

Uzbek Nanny Confesses to Murder of Russian Child; Russian State TV Silent on Story

March 1, 2016

LIVE UPDATES: An Uzbek nanny who murdered a 4-year-old Russian girl and paraded with her severed head at a metro station shouting “Allahu Akbar” has confessed to the crime and may have been under the influence of drugs. Russian state TV did not cover the gruesome story and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov supported their decision. […]

Russia and Other Post-Soviet States Supplying Twenty Percent of Foreigners Fighting for ISIS, FSB Says

November 12, 2015

Staunton, November 11 – The post-Soviet states are currently supplying 7,000 of the 30,000 foreigners who have gone to Syria to fight for ISIS, according to Yevgeny Sysoyev, the deputy director of the FSB; with a large share of these coming from Muslim regions in the Russian Federation itself. On the one hand, he told […]

Censorship and Self-Censorship Restricting Russian Media Coverage of Religious Issues

October 22, 2015

Staunton, October 21 – Russian government censorship and self-censorship by editors and writers fearful of running afoul of officials are seriously restricting the coverage of religious issues and especially those involving conflicts between Russian Orthodox and others, groups not traditionally found in Russian society, and Muslims. Those are some of the conclusions that were offered […]

A Baker’s Dozen of Neglected Russian Stories This Week – No. 6

October 19, 2015

Staunton, October 16 – The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and often strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are […]

Islam Spreading Not Only among Ethnic Russians But Also Among Russia’s Non-Russians

October 6, 2015

Staunton, October 6 The Moscow media have long focused on the extent to which Islam is recovering among the historically Muslim peoples of Russia and on the acceptance of Islam by a limited number of ethnic Russians, but these outlets have devoted far less attention to the spread of Islam among non-Russian groups not historically […]

Russia at Increasing Risk of Muslim-on-Muslim Violence

September 24, 2015

Staunton, September 24 Statements by Russian officials and pro-Kremlin commentators that Salafi Islam is spreading in Russia and now threatens “traditional” Russian Islam are by themselves exacerbating tensions to the point of violence between the two — clashes Moscow may hope to exploit or to justify repression but that may cost it control of the […]

Newly-Reopened Mosque Anchor for Moscow’s 2.5 Million Muslims

September 23, 2015

Staunton, September 22 Vladimir Putin and other dignitaries attended the re-opening of the Cathedral Mosque in Moscow today. Russian media celebrated this as the largest mosque in Europe; they mostly did not focus on the fact that Moscow’s Muslim community is the largest in any European capital or that the Russian city has only three […]