Moscow’s six mosques are not enough for 2 million Muslims living in Moscow, attracts the authorities attention.
Moscow Mayor stated that he did not feel comfortable when he saw thousands of people performing eid prayer on the streets at eid ul-Adha. So ten more mosques are needed to be constructed in the Capital.
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev took some information from Ravil Gainutdin, chairman of the Mufti Council of Russia about the situation while he visited the old mosque with his shoes off. After the visit, Medvedev asked Moscow Municipality and other institutions to make things easier for the future mosque constructions.
Also in this way, the Central Mosque which is 3 kilometers away from Kremlin will allow some 5 thousand people indoor and 20 thousand people outdoor to perform their prayer. Turkey will also contribute the indoor decoration, the altar and the pulpit within the mosque. 200 million dollars are estimated to be spent in this construction while the mosque will be one of the significant symbols of Moscow and be openned on 2012.
There is more than twenty million Muslims living in Russia where more than 5 thousand mosques are present.