Putin Warns of Surge in Hate Crimes Against Muslims After Recent Terrorist Attacks

September 30, 2004

Source: Russian Independent Internet Digest/The Moscow Times


On September 30, 2004 The Moscow Times reported, "President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned of a surge in hate crimes in response to the recent terrorist attacks and urged church leaders to help diffuse tensions. 'It is clear that letting criminals push us around by stirring up anti-terrorist anger among people of different faiths and ethnicities is absolutely inadmissible,' Putin told members of the presidential Council on Interaction with Religious Associations. 'In their criminal intentions, extremists actively exploit ethnic and religious intolerance.' Putin's remarks came as fears mounted of a possible breakout in violence between ethnic Ossetians and Ingush in the North Caucasus. The school hostage-taking in the North Ossetian town of Beslan this month fanned the embers of the old grudge between the two ethnic groups... The meeting was attended by Orthodox, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and Catholic leaders."