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Moscow Mayor Tries to Chill Muslim Diversity
Russia has had a lot of bad experiences with Muslims, from a series of terrorist attacks with numerous train bombings to the terrible 2002 Moscow theater attack and the Beslan school hostage murders of 186 schoolchildren.
Some line must have been crossed recently, since the mayor of Moscow has decreed there will be no more mosques in the city. An estimated two million Muslims reside in Moscow, so the mayor’s edict is a little late. Fridays can get dicey when Muslim men fill the streets for blocks and blocks to recite prayers.
With growing numbers comes the Muslim arrogance we have grown to expect. A Russian woman told CBN, “They come into a neighborhood and begin to tells us things we can and cannot do. We like to walk our dogs here and have outdoor barbecues. But the Muslims can say you can’t cook pork or you cannot walk your dog around here.”
You can count on Muslims to offend wherever they go!
Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city, RT.com, March 1, 2013
The Mayor of Moscow says there are no plans to build a new mosque in the city, and says the ‘excessive’ number of economic migrants was a ‘harmful thing’.
“It has turned out that the praying Muslims are not at all Russian citizens and they are not Moscow residents. They are labor migrants. There are only 10 percent of Moscow residents among them and building mosques for everyone who wants it – I think this will be over the top,” Sergey Sobyanin said in an interview with Moscow’s Echo radio.
The top city official went on to say that “Muscovites now get irritated by people who speak a different language, have different manners, with aggressive behavior. This is not purely ethnic, but this is connected with some ethnic traits,” Sobyanin said.
At the same time, the Moscow Mayor explained that there are no ethnic enclaves in the city and expressed the hope that such enclaves would never appear as closed districts like that usually have a very high crime rate.
Sobyanin went on to say that the current quota of 200,000 migrant workers in the city and only 35 percent are skilled specialists. The official said that it was necessary to gradually decrease the share of unskilled workers and added that this could only be done if wages were raised.
According to some estimates Moscow has 10 illegal migrants for every registered one. This makes the number of unregistered foreign workers in the city to well over two million. In 2012 the authorities deported 16,000 foreigners from the city for working illegally.
Russian Muslims did not welcome the Mayor Sobyanin’s statement.
Co-chairman of the Councils of Muftis of Russia, Nafigulla Ashirov told the Russian News Service that Muslims did not agree with Sobyanin’s plans and that they would, if the need arises, address President Vladimir Putin with a request for help.