First Moscow bans new mosque construction, now the tiny Russian enclave of Kaliningrad does, too

chet_0Apparently, Muslims are a problem no matter where they go. The Central District Court has halted construction of the mosque on two land lots in the Southern Park of Kaliningrad, after the Museum of Fridlanskiye Vorota filed a lawsuit against the construction.

Vestnik Kavkaza  Kaliningrad City –  The organization believes that the Kaliningrad head granted free land for the mosque and the road to it on August 3, 2009, illegally. The court has halted the construction and will be studying documents for construction of the mosque.

Locals residents have been protesting against the mosque construction. A 20-year-old welder attempted to blow up the mosque in November 2011.

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Susanin  Law enforcement authorities in Kaliningrad prevented a major attack on a mosque under construction, it is reported Rosbalt. A 20-year-old man was arrested when tried to blow up near a mosque under construction in the South Park because of Islam’s hostility to other religions. The detainee was a welder. According to law enforcement agencies, the young man planned to blow up the mosque, using an aerosol can and a lighter, 50-liter propane tank and 25-liter oxygen cylinder. 

kaliningrad-mapBBC  The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea is sandwiched between Poland to the south and Lithuania to the north and east. Annexed from Germany in 1945, the territory was a closed military zone throughout the Soviet period. Koenigsberg, as the city of Kaliningrad was once known, was founded by Teutonic knights in the 13th century. It became one of the cities of the Hanseatic League and was once the capital of Prussia. The philosopher Immanuel Kant spent all his life in the city and died there in 1804.

 During the Soviet period, Kaliningrad Region, administratively part of the Russian Federation, was separated from the rest of Russia, more than 300km to the east, by the then Soviet republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus.  Kaliningrad is still of great strategic importance to Moscow. It houses the Russian Baltic Fleet at the port of Baltiysk and is the country’s only ice-free European port.

Kaliningrad Cathedral
Kaliningrad Cathedral

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