Muslims Celebrate Ramadan By Blowing Up Liquor Stores In Makhachkala

The Caucasian Knot news agency says that the attacks stem from sharia law but that religion is not the sole motivating factor: The attackers are getting revenge on store owners for their refusal to pay for permission to violate sharia law by selling alcohol. Thus, the situation mirrors the “protection” rackets that have been revealed elsewhere in Russia, albeit with a religious cover.