‘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) 

2017/03/08 - 08:23 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

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.


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  • Mykola Potytorsky

    the empire strikes back

  • zorbatheturk

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

    • Scradje

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

      • Quartermaster

        Worse. Much, much worse.

        • Scradje

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

          • Andrew Chmil

            Ruski are FAR WORSE!!!

            72 years of communism PROVES it!

            ANIMALS!!!

        • Andrew Chmil

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

          72 years of communism PROVES it!
          Does it not?

          • Jeff

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

          • Andrew Chmile

            Jeff

            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 !!!

      • veth

        The Russian will love their muslim-leader.

      • zorbatheturk

        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.

    • Eolone

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

      • zorbatheturk

        Where would women be without men? Huh?

  • Vasyl P.

    LOL

    And they say Russia’s a Christian nation

    • Andrew Chmil

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

      — A “TRUMP SUPPORTER” :)))

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

      OTHER RUSKI COMMIE ARTICLES @ VARIOUS “DISQUS CHANNELS” like:

      __UKRAINE TODAY USA__

      __THE PRESIDENT TRUMP CHANNEL__

      __IMPERIAL NEWS NETWORK__ etc.. BS “Disqus Channels”

      (FREE!! CHEAP!!!)

      CLAIMS ON HIS DISQUS PAGE
      https://disqus.com/by/Vapetrenko/
      ———————-
      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” —

      “LOST HER ONLY CHILD IN DONBAS!!!!”

      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!!! :))

    • Rafael Hernandez

      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?

      • Vasyl P.

        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. :)

        • Rafael Hernandez

          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

          • Vasyl P.

            Aww, thanks for the compliment 😉

          • Rafael Hernandez

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

          • Dagwood Bumstead

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

          • Rafael Hernandez

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

          • Andrew Chmil

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

            ANIMAL you are!!!
            Sub-animal!
            Ruski FILTH!

          • Alex George

            Of course it is.

          • Alex George

            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.

          • Rafael Hernandez
          • Andrew Chmil

            Teach them to destroy Russo-mongolians!!!

            They are sub-human!

          • Alex George

            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.

          • Andrew Chmil

            MOLE!

          • zorbatheturk

            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.

          • Scradje

            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.

          • zorbatheturk

            RuSSians rule by Kalashnikov.

          • Rafael Hernandez
          • zorbatheturk

            Nyetsky.

          • Rafael Hernandez

            Hence the reason for the conflict in Donbass

          • zorbatheturk

            One reason only: Putin.

          • Rafael Hernandez

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

          • zorbatheturk

            Krembotulism.

          • gmab

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

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            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.

          • gmab

            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.

          • zorbatheturk

            He watches a lot of daytime soaps LOL.

          • gmab

            yeh, In between trolling & collecting welfare.

          • zorbatheturk

            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.

          • Alex George

            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.

          • Andrew Chmil

            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”.

          • Greg

            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.

    • Greg

      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!

  • shinto375

    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.

    • Alex George

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

      • shinto375

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

        • Alex George

          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.

        • Alex George

          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.

  • Rafael Hernandez

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

    • Andrew Chmil
      • Alex George

        One krem-troll supports another….

    • Alex George

      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?

      • Rafael Hernandez

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

        • Eolone

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

          • Rafael Hernandez

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

          • Alex George

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

        • Alex George

          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.

          • Rafael Hernandez

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

          • Andrew Chmil

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

          • Alex George

            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.

        • Andrew Chmil

          So are most white people!

          Stupid monhol!

          • Alex George

            True.

        • Alex George

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

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    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.

  • Tim Bucknall

    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 :-)

    • Alex George

      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.

  • Tim Bucknall

    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

  • Alex George

    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.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

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

    • Andrew Chmil

      Above is Ruski “mole-troll liar