The entrance to the mosque in Basovskaya Street in Moscow. Photo by Rustam Djalilov for the "Caucasian Knot"

31 August 2019, 13:19

Parishioners tell about the consequences of law enforcers' raid on Moscow mosque

There were fewer believers at the Friday prayer in the Moscow mosque after a raid with detentions undertaken by law enforcers, who detained also natives from Northern Caucasus. Many parishioners decided not to complain about the raid for security reasons.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 23, law enforcers in masks with submachine guns organized a document check at mosque in Basovskaya Street in Moscow. One of the natives of the Caucasus said that the detainees received electric shocks; and two men were beaten up.

On August 30, a week after the raid, the number of believers at the Friday prayer was noticeably less than usual, a mosque source said.

Only two parishioners of the mosque out of those detained on August 23, declared their readiness to write complaints about the law enforcers' unlawful actions. Thus, according to Amir, a native of Chechnya, law enforcers absolutely unreasonably used electric shocks to intimidate the detained Muslims; and one of the parishioners was beaten up.

As explained by Bilyal, a mosque parishioner, a native of Dagestan, he and many other believers are afraid to complain.

"There were mostly Caucasians and Central Asians among the detainees. The latter are afraid of being deported, while Caucasians fear that they might be treated Kemal Tambiev, who was kidnapped and forced to incriminate himself and others," said Bilyal.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 31, 2019 at 07:31 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Rustam Djalilov; Source: CK correspondent

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