A Muslim group has sought a permission to build a new mosque in Moscow and name it after Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The United Islamic Congress of Russia” community has appealed to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to allocate an area for the mosque construction.
“We—the patriots of Russia—appealed to authorities to allow us constructing a mosque in Moscow and name it after the president Putin. We want to perpetuate Vladimir Vladimirovich for centuries, among the Russian peoples”- chairman of the community Shavkat Avyasov said.
It should be noted that in an interview with Moscow's Echo radio in 2013, Sobyanin said the "excessive" number of Muslim newcomers to Moscow was "harmful" and that no new building permits for mosques would be granted.
“It has turned out that the praying Muslims are not at all Russian citizens and they are not Moscow residents. They are labor migrants. There are only 10 percent of Moscow residents among them and building mosques for everyone who wants it – I think this will be over the top,” – he said in 2013.
Muslims make up roughly 14 percent of Russia’s overall population of 143 million and are the country's second-largest religious group. Russia is also home to the largest Muslim population in Europe, according to Foreign Affairs.