24 March 2011, 16:16
Kremlin officer accuses Islamic organizations of legal nihilism, inefficient spending of state funds
Moscow, March 24, Interfax - Alexey Grishin, main counselor of the Russian presidential department on domestic policy, has accused of unscrupulousness certain Islamic communities in Russia.
"The government provides substantial material and moral support to Islamic organizations, but this support is sometimes used inefficiently," he said at the Russia is our Common Home Islamic conference in Moscow on Thursday.
The government supports the official registration of a growing number of Islamic religious and public organizations. "What do Islamic organizations do? Their response is legal nihilism. Despite numerous warnings, they systematically fail to meet Russian laws," Grishin said.
"As soon as the government insists on the compliance with laws, claims of alleged infringements of rights of Muslims are made," he said.
"Fraudulent structures are formed around Islamic organizations under the disguise of scientific, cultural or some other centers, and many of them operate under fake documents," he said.
"Islamic media outlets are established to openly instigate ethnic and religious feud. It is good that Muslims have started to combat such attempts," he said.
The Fund in Support to Islamic Culture, Science and Education yearly allocates 100 million rubles to each of the four largest centralized Islamic organizations.
"The funds are used inefficiently. Some mosques buy toilet bowls for 42,000 rubles. I do not know what such toilet bowls are supposed to do, but I would like to see them," Grishin said.