02 August 2013, 15:05
Moscow authorities vow to maintain security at Eid Al-Fitr festivities
Moscow, August 2, Interfax - Religious services on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, will take place at all of Moscow's mosques, as well as at four additional venues in the city, Yury Nuzhdin, first deputy director of the Moscow department for interregional cooperation, ethnic policy and contacts with religious organizations, said on Friday.
"As a rule, up to 170,000 people take part in these celebrations in Moscow. Such large numbers of worshippers cause inconvenience to Muscovites and guests of the capital. We have held a series of meetings during which we delegated tasks aimed at maintaining security and creating comfortable conditions for worshipers," Nuzhdin said.
Another four venues to host the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations have been selected together with representatives of Muslim organizations, he said.
Twenty-eight venues have been allocated in the Moscow region for the Eid Al-Fitr services, he said.
Police will maintain public order in these venues and will suspend traffic on adjacent streets.
All of the sites hosting Eid Al-Fitr events will be equipped with sound magnifiers and portable toilets.
"Comprehensive measures will be taken to ensure the observance of existing legislation, including immigration laws," Nuzhdin said.