2 million ethnic Muslims adopted
baptism in Russia
while only 2,5 thousand Russians converted to Islam - expert
Moscow, November 1, Interfax - The number of ethnic Muslims in
Russia who adopted Christianity is 2 million, while the number of the Orthodox
who have been converted to Islam is only 2,5 thousand, stated Roman Silantyev,
executive secretary of the Inter-religious Council in Russia.
‘Christianization happens not so much as a result of some purposeful
missionary activity (in which only Protestants are engaged) as under the
influence of Russian culture which has express Christian roots’, Silantyev
said in a interview published this week by the Itogi weekly.
According Silantyev, the converts are predominantly Muslims by birth, while
‘those who really confess Islamic values and attend mosque on a regular basis
rarely change their faith’.
‘The assimilation of ethnic and religious minorities is an inevitable process
in any society. In Russia it is accelerated due to extremist activities’, the
Islamic researcher believes.
For instance, he says, as a result of what happened in Beslan, the proportion of
Muslims in North Ossetia has decreased at least by 30%, while in Beslan itself,
where Muslims had comprised from 30 to 40% of the population, their number has
decreased at least by half.
‘As even Muslim sources confirm, after each terrorist action, thousands and
may be even dozens of thousands of ethnic Muslims adopt baptism’, Silantyev
At the same time, the expert accounts for the small number of ethnic Orthodox
people who have adopted Islam for the last 15 years, among other things, by the
fact that ‘for some reason Russians seem to be more willing to join sects than