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Quran is sacred for Muslims, it should be sacred for others too: Vladimir Putin

His comments came on the occasion of the desecration of the Quran in Sweden. In his statement, he added that burning or the desecration the Quran is a crime in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Quran is sacred for Muslims and it should be sacred for others, too, on Thursday during a visit to a mosque in Russia on Eid-ul-Adha.

“We know that in other countries they treat it differently — they do not respect people’s religious feelings and then also dare to say that it is not a crime,” said Putin after being gifted a copy of the Quran during his visit to the mosque.

Putin visited Juma Mosque in Russia on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. The mosque is known as the oldest in Russia.

His comments came on the occasion of the desecration of the Quran in Sweden. In his statement, he added that burning or the desecration the Quran is a crime in Russia.

“In our country, it is a crime – according to both the Constitution and Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, it is a crime: disrespect and inciting of ethnic and religious strife, and we will have to stick to these legal rules,” said Putin.

Putin, upon receiving the copy of the Holy Quran, assured the mosque administration that,“It will find its worthy place in the Kremlin.”

Russian Parliament also denounced the burning of the Quran in Sweden and stated condemnation.

“The deputies of the State Duma strongly condemn another vandalism action approved by the Swedish authorities and urge the officials to take measures to prevent violations of the rights and insults to the religious feelings of Muslims,” it said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently visited the Naryn-Kala citadel and the Juma Mosque, two significant sites in Derbent. These sites hold great historical and architectural value, have received federal monument status, and have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Constructed during the sixth century, the Naryn-Kala citadel is a crucial component of Derbent’s ancient defense system. With most of its complex built in the eighth century, this architectural and archaeological gem encompasses significant structures, including the main cathedral mosque, a madrassah for religious education, and well-preserved residential buildings. These remarkable elements have endured the passage of time, still standing strong today.