Mosque in Crimean resort city of Yalta was searched by FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) officers for banned literature.
“They [FSB] threatened poor Imam, who is Turkish, he couldn’t even answer then in Russian. The search lasted 5 hours. They took the books of A. Maududi “Islam Today” and “Fundamentals of Islam” and what is the most unexpected, they took a book written by Shamil Alyautdinov, who is ‘in law’ in Russia, being Imam of Moscow mosque”- wrote the local resident.
This is not the first case of the searches, conducted in Crimea. Earlier police and officers of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) have searched Crimean madrassas (Muslim religious schools), houses of Muslims and university library for banned literature.
As Russia’s Federal List of Extremist Materials comes into effect in the region, a number of Islamic religious books, that under Ukrainian law was deemed legal, have now been outlawed.
The Federal List of Extremist Materials was compiled by the Russian Ministry of Justice on July 14, 2007 and contained 1,058 items as of December 25, 2011. Producing, storing or distributing the materials on the list is an offense in Russia.
Russia annexed Crimea in March, following Crimean referendum.