Muslims protest Russia's literature ban

The Council of Muftis, which represents Russia's 20 million Muslims, on Saturday also called for a "balanced" approach in a criminal inquiry against a Moscow editor accused of publishing one of the banned books.

Muslims protest Russia's literature ban
Russia's highest Muslim council on Saturday issued a protest against a ban on some Islamic publications.

Russian authorities claim they are "extremist."

The Council of Muftis has taken a decision to request that the relevant institutions of the Russian Federation carry out a repeat analysis of the books, the council said in a statement.

Starting last year, the authorities have compiled a regularly updated list of publications.

Most of the banned books are linked to Islam.

The council said it was seriously concerned that there was no official committee to analyse the literature and also said the experts compiled the list so tendentiously and subjectively.

The Council of Muftis, which represents Russia's 20 million Muslims, on Saturday also called for a "balanced" approach in a criminal inquiry against a Moscow editor accused of publishing one of the banned books.

Agencies
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