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November 23, 2010 at the Museum and social center of Andrei Sakharov (Moscow, Zemlyanoy shaft st., d.57, p.6) an open discussion on the topic "Muslims in Moscow: problems and solutions" was held in the framework of the cycle "Ninety-zero-tenth". The leading researcher of the Institute of Geography RAS, author of works on interethnic and interfaith relations Olga Vendina, a senior researcher of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Ph.D. Ahmet Yarlykapov and the chairman of the Civic Assistance Committee, the member of the Council and Head of Network "Migration and Rights" of Human Rights Centre "Memorial", a member of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation Svetlana Gannushkina participated in the event as experts.

According to organizers, the growing number of Muslims in Moscow set new tasks to society and the authorities  to ensure conflict-free coexistence between groups, diverse in ethnic and confessional relations, without prejudice to the interests of each of them. During the discussion, experts and students will try to understand what aspects of interaction cause the greatest stress, whoever it is possible to allay mutual prejudices among non-Muslims and Muslims, what policy measures have proven effective in solving similar problems in other countries.

In particular, the participants will discuss such  issues as the image of Muslims and the Islamic community in the public opinion of Muscovites: common stereotypes and prejudices; look at Muslims themselves; common problems and internal contradictions; what are objective problems associated with the implementation of religious practices and how they should be solved; role of the city authorities, the media, diasporas and communities in addressing these problems, as "Islam in Russia" informs.

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