Published: 1 Dec 2008 | By Eleonora Davidyan

Comment: Muslim freedoms


The demographic crisis among ethnic Russians, together with the rapid growth of the Muslim population in Russia, has apparently led some ethnic Russians to fear that their country is losing its traditional identity. Simultaneously, many Russians associate Islam with extremists who have carried out dozens of bombings and other attacks against civilians. Sensing the xenophobic and Islamophobic mood, the Russian authorities seem often to be in conflict with Islam, and a wide-ranging campaign of persecution has been started in the name of fighting ‘international terrorism’.

In this piece, Eleonora Davidyan outlines prevailing attitudes towards Muslims in Russia and how these manifest themselves in legislation and the legal process. To read more about the current situation and its future impact, click on the link below.