The Asia News website reports today (September 21, 2010) that Muslims in Moscow may be forced to pray in Russian Orthodox Churches because of a lack of mosques.
The warning comes from Ildar Ayautdinov, the imam of the main mosque in the Russian capital.
The Orthodox Church says it is ready to accept the Muslim faithful.
"Moscow is the only place in the world where over one million Muslims are served in only four mosques. We lack premises for praying. Muslims are allowed to conduct their religious ceremonies in Orthodox Churches, but we would rather avoid this 'extreme measure'" Ayautdinov said.