Russia and Islam - A brief story

Russian history circulated between Europe and Asia. In the Soviet period, the state managed to secure a peaceful co-existence of people belonging to different nationalities and cultures. Secularity of the State, its specific political arrangements, the working class, make up the bulk of the population, as well as a variety of group formation made possible to unite people. The overthrow of communism was the cause of the ideological vacuum, which became the cause of the craving for religion.

Over the past few years the East has won a dominant position, while Pan-Slavism was divided on geopolitical grounds. In addition, Russia's population declined. At the same time, millions of Muslims migrated from the Caucasus region and the impoverished former Soviet republics of Central Asia. The growing popularity of Islam and the increasing number of professing caused ethnic hate in many people. Moscow's mosques are overcrowded, people pray in the open air.

About 12.3 million migrants are living in Russia . "Russia for the Russian!" - Is the famous battle slogan of radical nationalists who believe that immigrants are a threat to their homeland. Local non-Muslims Russians are afraid of rapidly growing Islam in the region. But the more part of newly converted Muslims is also coming from local Russians.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

November 27, 2009. Muslims go by the minaret of the central mosque in Moscow.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Converted to Islam Russian pray in an apartment on Nov. 15, 2009 in Moscow.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Islam has adopted a Russian girl Ilnaz makes preparations to marry a Muslim, who came to Moscow from the Caucasus region.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

November 16, 2010. Muslims in Moscow praying in the street next to the icon of the Virgin at the central mosque during the celebration of Eid al-Bairam. This area is now undergoing construction of a new mosque. To date, the number of immigrants in Russia is 12.3 million.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Dagestanki whose husbands and sons were killed in an armed conflict pose for a photographer in the village Kirovaul in Dagestan.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Converted to Islam Russian shows a ring with the inscription "Allah". On the middle finger of his hands from her prison tattoo. Photo taken January 27, 2010 in Moscow.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Converted to Islam Russian girl Zarina her hair in a Moscow apartment. The father threw her out of the house, and she now lives with other girls, who converted to Islam.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Sarin in an apartment in Moscow.

Russia and Islam - A brief story

Dagestanka shows on the phone photograph of her husband, who was killed under mysterious circumstances. Photo taken November 24, 2010, in a small village Kirovaul in Dagestan.

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