I've taken part in several scientific conferences and roundtables on religious radicalism, and to my surprise I have realized why these assemblies are so ineffective. Some well-known Russian experts use their observations (most often personal) of the Muslims' behavior abroad, usually, in Western Europe, to propose integration and socialization solutions for Muslims in Russia.
These proposals are very academic and strikingly blunt, based on the outcomes in Europe taken at face value. They look at migrants in Europe who do not what to comply with historical and cultural traditions of the host country (for many, it is their second home), and copy-paste their conclusions to the Russian Muslim community, which, unlike in Europe, does not have to feel alien in their homeland.
In response to a proposal to establish Halal markets here in Russia, including wholesale markets, where it would be Muslims would bear responsibility for keeping them clean, free from fraud and price-fixing, i.e. introduce some Sharia elements, which would be invariably in line with Russian law, an "expert" would reply:
"We tried it elsewhere: the market turned into a dump, a meeting place for bums." They would also add in a pathetic way, quietly: "To be honest, you should not give Muslims a chance to get together in one place. I know what I am talking about. These things always end in a bad way. Don't play with fire."
It's like 'don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you'.
When you suggest allowing leading companies and Muslim enterpreneurs to build an exclusive Halal business district on the outskirts of Moscow with offices, hotels, exhibition halls, business schools, malls, a mosque, a park and an alley with fountains, comfortable cottages (it would appeal to Muslim businessmen and give a strong impetus to our ties with Muslim countries, creates hundreds of jobs, and get more taxes into the Moscow and national budgets), they would stubbornly repeat that his district would be sooner or later full of scum and eventually turn into a breeding ground for terrorists. They ignore arguments that most of the businessmen got an elite education in the West but would like to operate and live in Russia.
Some pseudo-experts think that Muslims are all alike, and they are aliens that should be rather kept in some kind of reservations, guarding its borders and letting no-one escape into the outer, “normal” world.
One of the biggest issues of influential “experts” is the reluctance (or inability due to mental hatred or psychological alienation, lack of understanding of the metaphysics of Islamic activism) to distinguish between migrant Muslims and indigenous Muslims, those who have lived side by side with Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Buddhists for centuries, who have built this country and are personally interesting in peace and well-being.
Should we be really surprised that the Ufa mission statements by Vladimir Putin are being executed at a snail’s pace?