China Steps Up Curbs on Muslims

“Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have imposed curbs on the public observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan among the region’s Uyghur ethnic minority, an exile group said on Monday.”

‘Russian court forbids spreading islamic writings’

A court in the south russian city of Orenburg has established a list of prohibited litterature comprising 65 islamic books, whose sale henceforth is illegal on russian territory. The verdict caused great outrage with the russian moslem community. The court classified the islamic publications as ‘extremist’. In Orenburg, there is a minority of moslem faith, until 1925 the entire district was part of the kazakh soviet republic. Today, Orenburg is situated near the Kazakhstan border, where more than 70 percent of the population are moslems.