2013-01-30 13:12:00

Religious radicals will suffer a a fiasco - Putin

Moscow, January 30, Interfax - Radicals have become active in various religions, which means inter-ethnic and inter-religious accord needs to be strengthened, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Inter-ethnic harmony must be sustained permanently. Events of the recent years displayed intensified activity of various kinds of radicals in various religions. You know about murders and attempted murders of Islamic clerics. Actually, a terrorist war is being waged against followers of traditional Islam. Bold attempts are being made to intimidate them and to deny them the right to speak to believers. False truths that have nothing to do with traditional Islam are being pushed on people," Putin said at a meeting with presidential representatives to federal districts.

"Speaking of intimidation, I am positive that persons taking these attempts will suffer a failure, a fiasco because clerics not just do their job, they serve the Almighty, they serve the Lord, they serve people. It is impossible to intimidate them. Yet they obviously need our support and assistance. And this support and assistance must be efficient," the president stressed.