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Only migrant workers need new mosques – Moscow mayor

Published time: November 20, 2013 09:29
Edited time: November 20, 2013 10:32
Muslim believers attend a religious ceremony near Moscow Congregational Mosque on Prospekt Mira on the holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, also known as Kurban Bairam. (RIA Novosti/Iliya Pitalev)

Muslim believers attend a religious ceremony near Moscow Congregational Mosque on Prospekt Mira on the holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, also known as Kurban Bairam. (RIA Novosti/Iliya Pitalev)

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin says he has no plans to sanction the construction of new mosques. The majority of worshipers there are not permanent residents of the city, but migrants who should go home once their working contracts expire, he stated.

There are already enough mosques in Moscow, Sobyanin said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda daily. There are presently three within the city limits.

The Muslim religious holidays are mostly attended by worshipers who arrive from the Moscow Region and other regions of the country. From 60 to 70 percent of them are outsiders. We cannot provide for all those who need something,” he noted.

Sobyanin told the newspaper that he has not issued any permits for building new mosques and the current construction around the largest councilor mosque is just restoration.

In March this year the mayor told Echo of Moscow radio that no new mosques would be built in Moscow and added that the excessive number of migrants was “a harmful thing.”

Muscovites now get irritated by people who speak a different language, have different manners, with aggressive behavior. This is not purely ethnic, but this is connected with some ethnic traits,” Sobyanin said.

In the recent interview Sobyanin revealed that, according to various estimations there are about 2 million migrants in Moscow and most of these people come to the city in search of work. He said that currently neither the capital nor Russia as a nation can survive without a foreign labor force, but urged strict regulation in the sphere.

According to the mayor, employers must bear the same expense if they hire a migrant as they would when they hire a Russian citizen.

Migrants must add to our budget and the businessmen must take care of the migrants’ social rights,” Sobyanin emphasized. “And in case the migrants’ objectives contradict the Russian law, we should put a barrier for such people in a harsh way. Fingerprint them, make databases with clear photos and with papers on hand. The border guards must be effective – if a guest has allowed himself to commit misdemeanors, he or she should never appear in our country again,” he added.

Sobyanin also said that the situation has already improved under his rule – the amount of income tax collected from landlords who rent out their flats increased fivefold in 2013 if compared to 2011. Police have extradited over 13,000 illegal migrants from the country and barred over 42,000 foreigners from entry for violating Russian laws, the mayor reported.

This is a lot more than last year’s figures,” he noted.

Comments (28)

 

SoiCowboy 21.07.2014 02:43

Che Buraška 17.04.2014 02:07

A very bad major that is ready to utilize foreign labor for the welfare of the city but won't give the people the right to serve god as they wish to. Do Moscovites want working slaves or free people doing their job and having a right to live?

  


Mo scovites want THEIR city back from you invading hordes! Go to New York City! That country is for immigrants but not Europe!

 

Piratum 04.06.2014 18:39

Piratum 04.06.2014 18:35

to this mechael, I'm not turkish but I know that germany of nazi was very friendly with turks and hating slavs the nazi ideology was to genocide slavs from ukrain to the end east and they called u Untenmensch, so don't consider urself better because nazi have a bad answer about slav people and especially ur kind, just cool down because germany is not ur country and is very far from u so look where u belong don't forget that the nazi killed 50 millions from ur people not turkish, because foreiners r not going to ur miserable country and keep ur silent

  


 

Piratum 04.06.2014 18:35

to this mechel, I'm not turkish but I know that german of nazi was very friendly with turks and hating slaves the nazi ideology was to genocide slaves from ukrain to the end east and they called u untenmensch, so don't consider urself better because nazi have a bad answer about slaves and especially ur kind, just cool down because germany is not ur country and is very far from u so look where u belong don't forget that the nazi killed 50 millions from ur people not turkish, because foreiners r not going to ur miserable country

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