Medvedev turns to Muslim clerics to counter Islamist radicals
(Photo: Main mosque in Grozny, capital of Caucasus region of Chechnya, 17 May 2008/Said Tsarnayev)
“We cannot force people to give up Internet or close (Islamist) sites,” he told clerics and regional leaders at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. “We need to think about finding a (television) channel which would offer teaching and comprehensive explanation of Islam that is traditional for our country.”
Medvedev also proposed stronger control over young people returning to Russia after studying Islam abroad. “Unfortunately these people are returning … (and) bring back unorthodox views on Islam,” he said.
“It is absolutely essential to ensure full support for the Islamic leaders, the muftiat, those who serve in the Caucasus,” he said. “Without consolidating the authority of the Islamic leaders we will be unable to deal with the problems that exist.”