Quran translation banned by Russian courts

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Russia's top Muslim Cleric Ravil Gainutdin meet in a central mosque in Moscow

Russia‘s top Islamic cleric has protested against a provincial court order to declare a translation of the Quran as “extremist” and order it to be destroyed.

Ravil Gainutdin, the head of the Council of Muftis of Russia, said in an open letter to President Vladimir Putin released on Monday that the ruling was “illiterate” and “provocative”.

The Quran is already available in Russian translation, but the court last week ruled that the translation by Elmir Kuliyev published in Saudi Arabia in 2002 violated federal law banning extremist materials.

Gainutdin said that the “Russian Muslims were appalled by the neglect of law shown by the court” in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk and demanded that the verdict be revoked. He said the court’s order to destroy the Muslim holy book was particularly outrageous.

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