“Through the RIW Group initiative, our country has set an unprecedented example that relations with the Muslim world could be built in a natural way, not only as a response to extremist actions.

What’s important is that Islam has never been an alien element to Russia. Together with other religious groups, Muslims have survived the hardships of the 20th century. There was a split but it was along the political lines, not religious ones, like in the post-revolution period when people found themselves in opposite camps.

The legacy by religious scholars like Rasulev, Kurbangaliev, Gasprinsky, Mardzhani, Kelebsky and others has been a crucial asset for the country.

This is the legacy that we could share with the international community. It is the experience of peaceful co-existence of different religions that could help to avert disastrous consequences of the actions taken under different Islamic slogans.