Tatarstan President, chairman of the Russia - Islamic World group, Rustam Minnikhanov took part in the opening ceremony of Bolgar Islamic Academy. Mikhail Babich, the presidential envoy for the Volga Administrative District, state advisor Mintimer Shaimiev, Head of the Federal Agency for Nationalities Igor Barinov were among high-profile guests attending the event.

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"The academy's unveiling is an historic event for Tatarstan, Russia and the entire Muslim world. It was here that our ancestors adopted Islam almost 11 centuries ago. During this time, our nation has gone a glorious if difficult journey and preserved its belief in Allah and great traditions," Rustam Minnikhanov told the audience.

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According to the Tatarstan President, the institution's building was erected in a record 15 months.