Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tatar Mufti Touts Social Action as Antidote to Islamic Extremism

00 Muslim Woman Praying. Mufti Alban Krganov. Russian Muslim. 09.12

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On Wednesday, Mufti Ildar Bayazitov, Deputy Mufti of the predominantly-Muslim Republic of Tatarstan, said that Russian Islamic organisations should get young Muslims involved in socially-oriented and charitable activities to shield them from radicalisation and extremism, pointing up that “socially useful” activity could also help alleviate social tension. He noted that we should give priority to helping drug addicts, prison inmates, disabled persons, large or broken families, elderly people, and orphans, saying, “The focus in official Muslim homiletics in our country should not be on political issues related to Islam, but on its socially useful potential”, adding that radical antisocial dispositions among religious youth often stemmed from unresolved social problems and a perceived lack of social justice.

Last October, the National Antiterrorism Committee said that there’s been an increase in the number of extremism-related crimes in the Volga Federal District, which contains Tatarstan, as well as a rise in the level of latent interethnic and interreligious tension. Committee representative Dmitri Muryshov said, “There’s a trend toward the expansion of radical Islam in heavily-Muslim settlements in the Volga Region”. Many view Tatarstan as a model of interethnic and inter-faith harmony in an ethnically-diverse Russia. However, attacks on moderate Muslim leaders last July, which left Tatarstan Mufti Ildus Faizov severely injured and his former Deputy Valiulla Yakupov dead, were a further troubling indication that radical Islamism is spreading beyond what people consider as its “traditional” borders.

27 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20130327/180288180/Muslim-Leader-Touts-Charity-as-Antidote-to-Islamic-Extremism.html

Monday, 12 November 2012

12 November 2012. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Night of Ivan Kupala on Lake Svetloyar

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On the night of Ivan Kupala in the Russian village of Vladimir (Voskresensky Raion. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. Volga Federal District), people hold candles and walk around the local lake. According to old peasant lore, if you walk around Lake Svetloyar three times, then, your wish would come true.

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

25 December 2011. “They Stole Our Voice!” The KPRF Takes the Lead in the “Provinces”

Penza (Penza Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Krasnodar (Krasnodar KraiSouthern Federal District)

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Krasnodar (Krasnodar Krai. Southern Federal District)

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Krasnodar (Krasnodar Krai. Southern Federal District)

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Kirov (Kirov Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Samara (Samara Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Samara (Samara Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Tolyatti (Samara Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Tula (Tula OblastCentral Federal District)

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Saratov (Saratov Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Astrakhan (Astrakhan Oblast. Southern Federal District)

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Balakovo (Saratov Oblast. Volga Federal District)

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Tomsk (Tomsk OblastSiberian Federal District)

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Here’s the news that Sophia Kishkovsky REFUSES to write in the New York Times… her motto should be, “I’ll give you all the shit that’s NOT fit to print”. Remember, she and the Grey Lady have an agenda… and its not in your favour. Do recall who used his blat to get her a job… the good word says that Uncle Serge has been a spook for years… so, why should Lil’ Mizz Sophie be any different? Isn’t it NICE how Uncle Serge and Lyonyo took care of Sophie and Anya Schmemann, and got them jobs at the CFR and the NYT? That’s “crony capitalism”, and it’s one of the nastiest things on the face of the planet. To think, Lil’ Mizz Sophie has the god-damn gall to write about Russian corruption when she got her own job through corrupt connections, institutional back-scratching, and the Old Boy Network… Caveat lector, kids…

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

13 September 2011. Video. Let’s Have Some FUN… Sladky Arbuzy (Sweet Watermelons)… Yup, a WATERMELON Festival… ONLY IN RUSSIA

Be the first on the block to own an ARBUZMOBIL!

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Smile and sing! 😀 Here it is, a WATERMELON Festival in Kamyshin (Kamyshin Raion. Volgograd Oblast. Volga Federal District) in Russia. Spend a fun two minutes in the Rodina… and you thought that they were still stuck in a time warp in 1917…

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