Moscow Is Largest Muslim City In Europe, But Faithful Face Discrimination From Public, Authorities

When Moscow’s Muslims gathered at the city’s main mosque Wednesday to mark Eid el-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of worshippers were forced to take their prayer mats into the street. Lines of police officers stood amid the worshippers, who also had to pass through a security check before they could pray.

As a symbol it is a powerful illustration of two things: firstly, the growing strength of Moscow’s Muslim community; but secondly, the official insecurity and to some extent, hostility toward it.

Islam has always been the second biggest religion in Russia, but it had never been as visible in Moscow as it is now. Moscow has the largest Muslim population in Europe, with estimates suggesting that between 1.5 and 2 million of the Russian capital’s population are of the faith. Despite this, Moscow has only six Mosques, hence the necessity for worshippers to congregate in the street.

  • Icebow

    Deploy liquid pigshit sprayers.

  • David Murrell

    Thanks for the good-news, uplifting story.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Pray in the street? Fine them for blocking traffic. They can bend over at home.

  • Alain

    They clearly do not face sufficient discrimination against them and their evil cult or they would get the hell back to any Islamic shit hole. Fortunately the Russians do not honour the “white guilt” concept.

  • Dana Garcia

    Hey Putin, where is that famous Russian discipline? What good is totalitarian government if it can’t smack down enemies invading your capital city?

    • Clink9

      He can barely afford a shirt that guy.

    • Alain

      On the scale of totalitarianism the Obama administration beats Putin by a mile, and I am unaware of any capital city in the West that has not been invaded by the same scum. That said to date only Russia and China, as super powers, show a bit of backbone in dealing with the invaders. In the past we would never have allowed it to happen, but somewhere along the way the West lost its courage and worse we still refuse to close the flood gates.

      • Please review the above article and tell me how Putin is handling this. One should say barely at best. While Putin may not be a cringing little mince like some certain people named Obama are, that doesn’t necessarily mean he acts with great moral or social purpose. Putin benefits himself. Should something happen, Putin will blow up a city block just to make a point: that he is in charge, not that Russian lives matter and that Islamism is a backward culture.

  • And I thought Putin had this handled. I mean- his apologists kept saying so.