"Despite [then Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin's assurances during his December 2010 telethon that a new mosque would be built in Moscow, the city still had only three official mosques by 2012. By contrast, a construction plan for 200 new Orthodox churches in the capital spearheaded by Patriarch Kirill continues apace."

posted 6 Nov 2012, 00:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Nov 2012, 00:46 ]
Geraldine Fagan, Russia and Belarus Correspondent, Forum 18 News Service, on 'a dangerously skewed social imbalance.'

From Geraldine Fagan, 'RUSSIA: Religious freedom "the only viable option for consolidating Russia's extraordinary diversity" ', 6 November 2012 

From Forum 18: This is the second of two abridged extracts from a book by Geraldine Fagan, Forum 18's Russia and Belarus Correspondent, "Believing in Russia - Religious Policy after Communism" (Routledge, October 2012). The book presents a comprehensive overview of religious policy in Russia since the end of the communist regime, exposing many of the ambiguities and uncertainties about the position of religion in Russian life and revealing how religious freedom in Russia has, contrary to the widely held view, a long tradition. The book argues that continuing failure to resolve the question of whether Russia is to be an Orthodox country with religious minorities or a multi-confessional state is destabilising the nation. More details on the book are available from http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415490023/.