Patriarch Kirill Concerned About Islamists' Activities in Moscow
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed concerns about Islamists' activities in Moscow.
Many immigrants have radical views and "are recruited by extremist and terrorist organizations, sometimes right in Moscow," the patriarch said, adding that such propaganda has intensified among Slavic youth, including in educational establishments, prisons, sports groups, and social networking sites.
The patriarch said pseudo-Islamic radicals, whose number is in the thousands on Moscow, "provoke ethnic and religious conflicts to increase Islamophobia, which draws new members to their organizations."
He also said that people are often recruited by extremist organizations and calls for "a jihad against infidels" are made in mosques or near them.
The patriarch also called for special attention to be given to situations when girls from an Orthodox culture who marry Muslim men find themselves members of polygamous families against their will.