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Subject: Russian Muslim threat credible?
norden    4/3/2003 8:06:36 PM
highly Respected Russian Imam declare attack in 2-3 days From NDTV india Russian Muslim group declares jihad ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thursday, April 3, 2003 (Moscow): Russia's top Islamic leader said that his organization had declared a jihad, or holy war, against the United States. But the head of a rival authority said he wouldn't support the move. Supreme Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin wouldn't say what specific actions the fight would take, but said the first results would be visible within two or three days. "Russian Muslims have levers of efficient influence on the United States," a news agency quoted Tadzhuddin as saying. "For instance, we will raise donations for a fund and use the money to buy weapons for fighting America and food for the people of Iraq". But Ravil Gainutdin, the head of the Council of Russia's Mufti's, a group that rivals Tadzhuddin's, disapproved of the move. "It's enough that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has announced a jihad against America," Gainutdin was quoted as saying. "Religious leaders shouldn't get involved in populism or politicking. Instead they should pray for the termination of the sufferings of the Iraqi people". Tadzhuddin, who heads the Central Islamic Department of Muslims of Holy Russia, said Russian Muslims had declared their last jihad against Nazi Germany after it invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. An estimated 20 million of Russia's 145 million population are Muslims. According to some analysts, the Kremlin's tough opposition to the war in Iraq has stemmed partly from concern that the fighting could rock Russia's internal stability and fuel Islamic extremism. (AP)
 
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norden    threat credible? More guardian UK   4/4/2003 2:04:43 AM
Russian May Prosecute Islamic Leader Friday April 4, 2003 9:50 AM MOSCOW (AP) - Russian officials warned a top Islamic leader Friday that his call for a holy war against the United States was illegal and he will be prosecuted if he repeats it. Supreme Mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin said Thursday that his organization had declared jihad, or holy war, against the United States and would raise money to ``buy weapons for fighting America and food for the people of Iraq.'' The Russian Prosecutor General's office said a regional prosecutor in the southern city of Ufa, where Tadzhuddin made his call, warned him Friday that he was breaking a law against inciting ethnic or religious discord. ``The announcement of a holy war by the Muslims was helping fuel religious discord,'' said the prosecutor's statement, which was released Friday. Tadzhuddin, who heads the Central Islamic Department of Muslims of Holy Russia, was warned that he would be brought to justice if he repeated the call, the statement said. Ravil Gainutdin, the head of the Council of Russian Muftis, a group that rivals Tadzhuddin's, has strongly condemned the call for a jihad. ``The Council of Russian Muftis notes with deep regret that among Russian Muslims there are those who seek not peace in Iraq, but a third world war,'' he said in a statement. He added that a Russian religious group had no right to raise money for weapons to be used against a country with which Russia is not at war. An estimated 20 million of Russia's 145 million population are Muslims. According to some analysts, the Kremlin's tough opposition to the war in Iraq has stemmed partly from concern that the fighting could fuel Islamic extremism in Russia.
 
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Rosecruix    RE:threat credible? More guardian UK   4/19/2003 6:30:08 PM
i thought tjejnia was largly muslim?
 
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Kalashnikov    RE:threat credible? More guardian UK   4/27/2003 1:03:15 PM
As far as I know, it is. Much of south-central Russia is Muslims. Ussamah bin Ladin has allegedly sent hundreds of fighters trained in Afghan, Sudanese and other camps to fight against the Russian forces there.
 
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