The opening ceremony of the "Muslims' Pride" Mosque in Shali. Photo: screenshot of the video by the Grozny TV channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=yQN_j5xjwXM

27 August 2019, 23:50

Residents of Chechen city of Shali forced to attend pompous mosque opening

The participation in the opening ceremony of the "Muslims' Pride" Mosque in Shali was mandatory for employees of budgetary organizations, local residents informed.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the opening of a mosque in Shali on August 23 became the key event of the celebrations of the 68th birthday of Akhmat Kadyrov. The opening ceremony of the mosque was attended by tens of thousands of people, including members of 43 foreign delegations from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and the CIS countries.

The building of the new mosque can house about 30,000 believers. Thus, the "Muslims' Pride" has become the largest mosque in Europe.

"At the instruction of our bosses, we went there; it was necessary to ensure a huge crowd," said Ramzan, an employee of an enterprise in the Shali District.

In his turn, Shamil, a resident of Grozny, said that he came to Shali on his own initiative, since he regarded it as "a duty of every Muslim."

"They made it very beautifully ... Ramzan Kadyrov has headed the Chechen people; and every day everything is becoming better here," Sayd-Emin Azimov, an elderly resident of Chechnya, said on air of the "Grozny" TV channel.

In the opinion of Mikhail Roschin, an Orientalist, it was important for Kadyrov to show that there are quite a lot of Muslim believers in the republic.

The attraction of budget-funded officials and employees to public events is "the style of modern Russia, not only of Chechnya," Alexei Malashenko, a political analyst, has noted.

Let us remind you that residents of Chechnya have repeatedly reported about forced participation in various actions organized by the authorities, such as rallies or subbotniks.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 27, 2019 at 01:36 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondents

    ins
All news
ДАННОЕ СООБЩЕНИЕ (МАТЕРИАЛ) СОЗДАНО И (ИЛИ) РАСПРОСТРАНЕНО ИНОСТРАННЫМ СРЕДСТВОМ МАССОВОЙ ИНФОРМАЦИИ, ВЫПОЛНЯЮЩИМ ФУНКЦИИ ИНОСТРАННОГО АГЕНТА, И (ИЛИ) РОССИЙСКИМ ЮРИДИЧЕСКИМ ЛИЦОМ, ВЫПОЛНЯЮЩИМ ФУНКЦИИ ИНОСТРАННОГО АГЕНТА.

August 17, 2022 08:43

  • Armenia announces two-day mourning

    Nikol Pashinyan, the Armenian Prime Minister, has declared August 17 and 18 to be the days of mourning over those who perished in the "Surmalu" shopping centre. Three people remain on the list of missing persons; the fire in the shopping centre is completely extinguished, the Armenian Ministry for Emergencies (MfE) has informed.

August 17, 2022 08:31

  • Rights defenders criticize prosecution in Kudaev's case

    A court in Rostov-on-Don began considering the case of Andzor Kudaev, a native of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR), whom investigators have accused of aiding terrorists and possessing weapons. In their turn, human rights defenders assert that the indictment is based on Kudaev's confessions obtained under torture.

August 16, 2022 23:37

August 16, 2022 23:25

  • Former Kuban official blames investigators for his death

    Today, the body of Leonid Gutrits, the former head of the Gulkevichi District, was found near the building of the local prosecutor’s office, and the media reported that the official left a suicide note. Lawsuits have been going on against the official for several years in a case on fraud and a case on the death of a child in a water park, local advocate Sergey Zemtsov reports.

August 16, 2022 19:15

News archive