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2 million ethnic Muslims adopted baptism in Russia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.11.01 Interfax: 01 November 2005, 12:05 2 million ethnic Muslims adopted baptism in Russia while only 2,5 thousand Russians converted to Islam - expert
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      2005.11.01 Interfax:
      01 November 2005, 12:05

      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 stated.

      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 Islam'.
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