Moscow, March 31, Interfax - The Kremlin has not yet formulated its position on the legislation passed by the Chechen parliament that allows students to dress according to their religion, including wear hijabs, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"I would not voice any position. You know, the problem of hijab-wearing at schools and other institutions is being actively discussed in many countries around the world. There is no standard approach here," Peskov said.
"It is a matter of regulation," Peskov said. "It has yet to be understood whether to address [this issue] on the federal level or whether there is an element of jurisdiction of regional authorities in determining this practice," he said, noting that, "in this particular instance, the Kremlin does not have any clear-cut position."
In various countries "this issue is regulated in various ways," Peskov said. "Russia is a multiethnic and multi-faith country, and the Russian president [Vladimir Putin] has repeatedly said that Russia's strength is precisely in our being multiethnic and multi-faith," Peskov said.
"At the same time, Russia is a secular state, and that is enshrined in our constitution," he said.
"I would not talk about a hijab problem, I don't think it is possible to somehow express a position from the Kremlin," Peskov said.