Georgian Muslims in Batumi held a protest on 26 May in the form of a ‘mosque opening ceremony’, on an empty plot of land. The community was refused permission to build a mosque on the site by Batumi City Hall on 11 May. [Read more…]
Daghestani police have closed a mosque in Shamkhal several kilometres north-west of the Daghestani capital of Makhachkala. Local supporters of the mosque intend to fight the authorities’ decision.
Georgia’s Muslim community received a double blow on 11 May, when Batumi City Hall rejected a petition to construct a second mosque in the city and local authorities in the village of Mokhe rejected a request to transfer ruins in the village, allegedly of a mosque, to the local Muslim community. [Read more…]
Several Daghestanis who appeared on the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) preventive supervision list have succeeded in having their names removed through the courts.
Muslims in Batumi are in desperate need of more space to practice their religion. However, suspicion, opposition, and Turkophobia from local politicians and Christian Orthodox activists is leaving them out in the cold. [Read more…]
On 15 January, inhabitants of the Separatorny district of Makhachkala, the capital of Daghestan, took to the streets to protest against members of the local mosque. According to the protesters, a ‘separate principality’ has been formed in the area since the mosque opened.