‘Islam is changing Russia rapidly and profoundly,’ Polish writer says

A collective prayer during the Kurban Bayramı Muslim festival in Moscow. Due to the dire shortage of mosques in the city, the faithful pray under the rain in the street while Russian policemen in black rain coats watch over them. (Image: video capture)

A collective prayer during the Kurban Bayramı Muslim festival in Moscow. Due to the dire shortage of mosques in the city, the faithful pray under the rain in the street while Russian policemen in black rain coats watch over them. (Image: video capture) 

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Last week, Muslim morals police began patrolling the streets of Moscow to warn the faithful against violating the norms of their religion, just one of the ways in which “Islam is changing Russia” rapidly and radically.

In an essay for Warsaw’s Dzennik newspaper, Michał Potocki catalogues this and other ways in which Islam is now transforming the Russian Federation in profound and unexpected ways (in Russian at inosmi.ru).

Among his findings:

Muslims praying in Moscow during 2014 Uraza Bayram festival (Image: echo.msk.ru)

Muslims praying in Moscow during 2014 Uraza Bayram festival. Photo: echo.msk.ru (Click to expand)

  • There are now three million Muslims in the Russian capital – one in every four of its residents, even though the Russian government continues to insist that there are fewer than 300,000 and allows only four mosques to function in the city proper.
  • Moscow’s Muslims commit far fewer crimes per capita than other residents do. They form 25 percent of the population but make up only three percent of the police lists.
  • Seven of Russia’s non-Russian republics – Ingushetia, Chechnya, Daghestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachayevo-Cherkessia – have Muslim majorities, and two others Bashkortostan and Tatarstan are approaching that figure.
  • Muslim nationalities are growing 60 to 90 times faster than the all-Russian average, with Chechens increasing by 1.82 percent a year, for example, while the all-Russian figure is only 0.02 percent.

In short, Russia is becoming an ever more Muslim country, something that has profound consequences not only for its domestic organization but also for its involvement in other parts of the Muslim world.


Edited by: A. N.

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  1. Avatar Mykola Potytorsky says:

    the empire strikes back

  2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Allah be praised. RuZZians will soon be a minority. Hallelujah!

    1. Avatar Scradje says:

      Problem is, if people like Khadirov take over, the place will be just as evil as under fuehrer putler. Maybe even worse.

      1. Avatar Quartermaster says:

        Worse. Much, much worse.

        1. Avatar Scradje says:

          Very hard to conceive of anything worse than fuehrer putler, but this guy and his ilk would be serious candidates.

          1. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            Ruski are FAR WORSE!!!

            72 years of communism PROVES it!


        2. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

          Muslems are BETTER than Russo-mongolians!!!
          Ruski are less than ANIMALS!
          STUPID AS WELL!

          72 years of communism PROVES it!
          Does it not?

          1. Avatar Jeff says:

            1,400 years of Muhammadan barbarism and genocide tops 70 years of Communism. Muhammadans are the lowest scum on earth, by far.

          2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:


            a day ago

            “1,400 years of Muhammadan barbarism and genocide tops 70 years of Communism. Muhammadans are the lowest scum on earth, by far.”

            Wrong! RUSSO-MONGOLIANS ARE!!!

            *Compare* —MURDER RATES!!!

            In Ukraine, in 1932-33 ALONE, Russo-mongolians murdered 10 million men, women — BABIES even!

            Russians are THE SCUM OF THE EARTH!!!

            You are either IGNORANT OR RUSSIAN !!!

      2. Avatar veth says:

        The Russian will love their muslim-leader.

      3. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        I was joshing. Ramzan is a Putin poodle. He will not be taking over the kremlin. Putin’s FSB stormtroopers will see to that. In any case all the Muslims from the ‘stans in ruSSia have zero political rights. Like in Dubai, they are merely cheap labor to be exploited. But the more internal problems ruSSia has, the shorter the reign of the Putinator will be and the less resources he will have for external adventurism.

    2. Avatar Eolone says:

      International Women’s Day today. Men are already a minority. Enjoy your day, Zorba.

      1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

        Where would women be without men? Huh?

  3. Avatar Vasyl P. says:


    And they say Russia’s a Christian nation

    1. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

      “Vasyl P.” — Ruski MOLE. — LIAR!!

      — A “TRUMP SUPPORTER” :)))

      HE IS A RUSKI **MOLE** & “moderator” of a RUSKI MOLE-TROLL SITE — with SPUTNIK & VARIOUS




      __IMPERIAL NEWS NETWORK__ etc.. BS “Disqus Channels”

      (FREE!! CHEAP!!!)

      Right-wing freedom fighter; pro-democracy, anti-corruption, anti-feminazis, anti-fascist,

      Russian, Ukrainian, American


      Has claimed in the past to be Ukrainian & American.

      IS NEITHER!!

      SPOKE RUSKI AT ME — Thinking I would (or should?!?!) understand that DOG BARK & GROWL

      LANGUAGE 🙂

      “Larissa” a “MODERATOR” MOLE/TROLL & the OTHER SCUM — will ALL tell you how “Larissa” —


      A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y-E-E-E-eeeeeee!!!!! 🙂

      Another RUSKI SKANK — whined about being “RAPED”!!! as per her Disqus home page no

      less!!!! :)) — she deleted it after I posted & laughed at her DUM RUSKI @SS!!! :))

      1. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

        Закрий пельку 😉

          1. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

            Du bist ein arschgeficktes Suppenhuhn 🙂

          2. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            Look it up, lazy monhol troll

          3. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

            I don’t need to look up anything

          4. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            Nor I —-

          5. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            Than you won’t find the RATS you monhols like to eat! :))

            We could use a few Ruski in NYC subways come to think about it …. Hmm … fly over from Moscow :))

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          No point in writing Ukrainian to him – he isn’t Ukrainian and he doesn’t understand the language!

    2. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

      Hey, you wonder about your own country’s religion? Why are you speaking about your native homeland as 3rd person? Have you been lying about your ethnicity?

      1. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

        Nothing bad about referring to it as a third person, in fact it adds more of an emphasis whenever it is in certain cases, like Trump and his Make America Great Again slogan 🙂

        America is wacky with religions but it doesn’t declare itself as anything specific though Christianity was pushed through throughout the 20th century.

        But then again Christianity does appareciate Islamic worship more than Islamic countries appreciate Christians, so it makes sense in that case for Russia to be one. 🙂

        1. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

          Hmm, you are lying. If you had any knowledge about Russia, you would know that muslims have been living there for at least 400 years. You are not Russian, you are probably a ukrainian nationalist, the worst of the worst creatures on earth

          1. Avatar Vasyl P. says:

            Aww, thanks for the compliment 😉

          2. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

            It is a disgrace to be a ukrainian nationalist, especially to your forefathers that fought 75 years ago against these people

          3. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

            A disgrace? Au contraire, being a Ukrainian nationalist is a moral and civic duty for all Ukrainians!
            Not only that, it’s an honour.

          4. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

            Yeah, right, being a Ukrainian nationalist is a honour, lmfao

          5. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            Being a lying monhol troll for Putin & the communists & Stalinist Ruski is better? 😉

            ANIMAL you are!!!
            Ruski FILTH!

          6. Avatar Alex George says:

            Of course it is.

          7. Avatar Alex George says:

            It is a disgrace to be a Putin supporter and approve the fascism in the Kremlin.

            The generation that fought against Hitler, if they were alive today, would spit on you, and on all Putin supporters.

          8. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            Teach them to destroy Russo-mongolians!!!

            They are sub-human!

          9. Avatar Alex George says:

            No, the generation that fought against Hitler would spit on you, and people like you. They mwould be ashamed of you and what Russia has become – grovelling to the spirit of Hitler.

          10. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:


          11. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            More like ruSSia invaded and occupied Muslim territories 400 years ago. RuSSians never like to give back what they stole. They are anal-retentive types.

          12. Avatar Scradje says:

            The entire Caucasus territories under putlerstan occupation, as well as east of the Urals, need to be de-occupied. Putlerstan has no more right to be there than it does in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova or Koenigsburg.

          13. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            RuSSians rule by Kalashnikov.

          14. Avatar zorbatheturk says:


          15. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

            Hence the reason for the conflict in Donbass

          16. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            One reason only: Putin.

          17. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

            Ok, now I know for sure that you are completely brainwashed.

          18. Avatar zorbatheturk says:


          19. Avatar gmab says:

            LOL. An ethnic russki-Ukrainian & a Venezuelian- a good match!

          20. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

            Venezuela has been run by loons, first Chavez and now Maduro, for years so a Venezuelan troll shouldn’t be surprising. I’m still waiting for Mugabe to set trolls to work, proclaiming how wonderful Zimbabwe is despite Mugabe having ruined the economy just as Chavez and Maduro ruined Venezuela’s and the dwarf ruined Dwarfstan’s.

            But IS Raffie Venezuelan? I doubt whether he is. The maricon de playa is in reality no doubt a lobotomised and castrated Dwarfstanian troll sitting in a Savushkina cubicle typing whatever his supervisior tells him.

          21. Avatar gmab says:

            He came clean on UToday & admitted his true personality (as above)- he does this for fun he says & lives in the USA with his Ukrainian wife, most likely ethnic Russian. He’s still a pro-ruski paid troll in my opinion.

          22. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            He watches a lot of daytime soaps LOL.

          23. Avatar gmab says:

            yeh, In between trolling & collecting welfare.

          24. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

            The Savushkina random name generator spews out Rafael Hernandez, a fictional character on daytime American soapie Days Of Our Lives. Running since 1965 and syndicated worldwide, over 13,000 episodes to date.

          25. Avatar Alex George says:

            What is the relevance of Muslims living in Russia for 400 years?

            Particularly when Russia now has one of the most incompetent leaders in its history.

          26. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            As you know …. “Vasyl P.” is a LYING, STUPID, RUSKI ***MOLE***.

            So either you are in another Troll Office, or you don’t know. Same as in the case of “Alex George”. Ruski BS “Ruski Troll Games”.

          27. Avatar Greg says:

            the worst creatures on earth today are those who ignore Putin;s change into our generation’s Hitler. It is Putin who is pushing hard for WW3 and it will come soon. His goal is to build an empire to be crowned Tsar and bask in the adulation of his serf subjects. all while robbing the nation blind, it is reported Putin is now worth 200 billion USA, making him the riches person in the world. it is this wealth that he must protect at all costs. As Caesar gave the games in the forums, Putin gives invasion and destruction to blind his people.

    3. Avatar Greg says:

      There is nothing Christian about Russia! The church is run by FSB agents who are priests, the church ignores Christ;s teaching in almost every area of life. Putin is blessed for his assignations and invasions of peaceful nations – nothing Christian about this. It is illegal to have any opinion other than Putin’s not sure where this view is found in the Bible. “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” this is the Russian church today!

  4. Avatar shinto375 says:

    So, it appears the claim is based solely by looking at Moscow? Pfft… Muslims have been living in Russia for many centuries and nothing has changed, except Muslims in Russia tend to be much more secularized than elsewhere.

    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      Its not just based on Moscow. If you were familiar with what’s going on in the regions, you would know that .

      1. Avatar shinto375 says:

        The article clearly focuses on Moscow only.
        And yes, I’m very familiar with the region.

        1. Avatar Alex George says:

          No, you clearly are not, and you also can’t read posts – even your own . You referred to “the claim” and no its not just based on Moscow.

          If you were familiar with the regions of Russia, you would know that Islam is rapidly increasing its influence in many places. But you aren’t familiar with them.

        2. Avatar Alex George says:

          You show no sign of any familiarity with the regions.

          And no, the claim is not just based on Moscow. Only those ignorant of Russia would think that.

  5. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

    Polish writer says?! And there went the credibility out of EP, AGAINm

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        One krem-troll supports another….

    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      Why does something become untrue just because its written by a Polish person?

      I know its a difficult concept for Russians to grasp, but why not try thinking about whether something is objectively true, for once?

      1. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

        Because usualy polacs that write for KP and EP are anti-Russian by nature

        1. Avatar Eolone says:

          “usualy”, but “there went the credibility…” Something went out of your logic.

          1. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

            Come on, these are the same kind of polacs that glorify Bandera

          2. Avatar Alex George says:

            Wow, you really don’t understand even the most basic things about eastern European history.

        2. Avatar Alex George says:

          If you mean “anti-Kremlin”, then that describes most people in the world, include many Russians.

          And in any case, how many Poles write for either media outlet?

          You appear to be just revealing the racism which is fundamental to so many of the extremists who follow Putin.

          1. Avatar Rafael Hernandez says:

            Most people are anti-kremlin?! Where did you hear that? From Tsn? It is truly incredible that you belive Ukrainian propaganda so easily

          2. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

            He’s a Ruski ***MOLE** STUPID!

          3. Avatar Alex George says:

            Oh please, many are saying this, by no means just the ukrainians.

            Who are Russia’s friends today? North Korea?

            Most people are indeed anti-Kremlin.

            I note you don’t try to refute when I write that you are nothing but a racist extremist – because you know you can’t.

        3. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

          So are most white people!

          Stupid monhol!

          1. Avatar Alex George says:


        4. Avatar Alex George says:

          Oh I see, I forgot that you are a racist. My mistake!

  6. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    It should be pointed out that many of the 3 million Muslims in Moscow are not citizens of Dwarfstan but guest workers from the Stans- Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan etc. The same presumably applies to other cities in Dwarfstan.
    Most of the Muslims in Dwarfstan are Sunni, which makes the dwarf’s alliance with Assad and Shia Iran and ditto Hezbollah all the more strange. I wonder whether he ever stopped to think about the effect this alliance might have on the Muslims in Dwarfstan, not to mention the bombing of Sunnis in Syria by Dwarfstan’s air force.

  7. Avatar Tim Bucknall says:

    things i’ve always wanted to know:
    whats the take up of Islam like among Ethnic Russians?
    are all Muslims in the Russian Federation from a minority?
    if i randomly selected a Muslim citizen somewhere like Chelyabinsk – say for instance the family who were in news story about the swapped babies, how would they identify their national origins?

    thanks in advance/ apologies .. delete as applicable 🙂

    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      Some ethnic Russians become muslims, but I don’t think its many. But intermarriage is common in the Muslim areas, and the muslims outbreed the Russians by a long way.

      The last figure for Muslims in Russia was 23 million out of 143 million, but that figure is already probably obsolete.

  8. Avatar Tim Bucknall says:

    the Konigsberg Autonomy campaigner guy posted a photo of Muslims praying next to the surviving City walls and insulted them, this is not only hateful but stupid, anyone seriously opposing putin should be making alliances with the Muslim population

  9. Avatar Alex George says:

    Putin doesn’t even know it is happening.

    The moron is so obsessed with his silly foreign ventures in Syria and Ukraine that he has forgotten about his fundamental job – protecting the security of Russia itself.

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      Indeed. He is even ignoring the by far greatest threat to Dwarfstan: China.

    2. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

      Above is Ruski “mole-troll liar