Roman Silantyev called for Deturkisation of Islam in Russia
“Interfax Religion” informed that Roman Silantyev, notoriously known expert of Islam, called for Deturkisation of Islam in Russia due to exacerbation of relations between Russia and Turkey.
According to Silantyev, Ankara has been trying to expand its influence on the Russian ummah by “founding educational and mass media centres, cultural offices and commercial organisations and taking control of mosques and even religious councils”.
Silantyev noted that some of the religious organisations in our country depend on Turkey. This is why they ignored the news about the death of Russian military officers.
He said that it would be very important to pay more attention to financial support from Turkey provided for Russian Muslim organisations and joint educational programmes.
The expert believes that the publication of Turkish books should be stopped as well as other programmes sponsored by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs. Russian representatives should stop taking part in the International Muslim Forum supported by the Religious Board of the Turkish Republic which takes place in Great Britain.
According to Silantyev, quite a few Russian cultural organisations are loyal to “Gulen movement”. This movement is an opponent of Erdogan in Turkey and an enemy of our country. Therefore, they should not work in our country. Moreover, Silantyev states that there is an issue with the clergy from coming Turkey. The exceptions are those who “proved their devotion to traditional Islam and zero tolerance of Erdogan’s politics.
Silanyev found it impractical to do any harm to the Turkish and Kurdish businessmen who oppose the Turkish leader.