Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated Moscow’s biggest mosque, Moscow Central Mosque, on Wednesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also attended the ceremony.
Addressing the audience at the event, Putin said Russia has always been “a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country.
The Russian leader also said the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is “compromising Islam” and that “their ideology is built on lies.”
The mosque, also known as Moscow Jum’ah Mosque, was demolished four years ago and has been rebuilt to accommodate 10,000 people.
Muslims make up roughly 14 percent of Russia’s population and about 300,000 of them live in Moscow.