Russia to launch 'Muslim TV channel'

Russia will soon launch a Muslim television channel as it holds Muslim states that have active movements to resist Russian power in the country.

Russia to launch 'Muslim TV channel'

Russia will soon launch a Muslim television channel as it holds Muslim states that have active movements to resist Russian power in the country.

State-run media reported on Tuesday, proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev two years ago, the satellite channel will go on air in February or March across Russia, home to some 20 million Muslims, or a seventh of the country's population.

Neo-nationalist movements have been gaining ground over the past year, shocking authorities and many Russians. At rallies, some chanted slogans such as "Russia is for Russians!"

In December, Moscow saw the worst nationalist riots in its post-Soviet history, with police unable to stop some 7,000 youths who gathered near the Kremlin from beating people of non-Slavic appearance.

The violence was sparked by the Dec. 6 killing of Yegor Sviridov, a Spartak Moscow soccer fan, during a fight between a group of ethnic Russians and migrants from the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

Agencies

Last Mod: 19 Ocak 2011, 16:08
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