Islam.ru, a Russian Muslim site, has an extensive interview with the Malaysian Ambassador to Russia, Dato Kamarudin Mustafa. In it, Mustafa is asked about “forces in this country that actively reject any possibility of improving relations between Russia and the Islamic world.” His answer: Blame the Jews!
The word “Beslan” does not appear in the article, and the only mention of Chechnya comes in a lament that Chechen Muslims are not united with other Muslims in Russia.
(Thanks to Anthony for the link.)
There are forces in this country that actively reject any possibility of improving relations between Russia and the Islamic world. Extensively using mass media they declare that the Muslim world nearly declared war on Russia. What is the actual attitude to Russia in the countries inhabited by the followers of Islam?
Dato Kamarudin Mustafa: One of the roots of the problem is that there are still a lot of Zionists in Russia. Many of those people who migrate to Israel are from Russia. Some ministers in the present Israeli government are the former Russian citizens. And some top people in the Russian political elite have close relations with the Israeli leadership. And on the whole the relations between Russia and Israel are quite close. That is what happens in America too, where the Zionist lobby is very strong and its position is very strong. And they can produce a great influence on the President of the country in the matters of relations with the Islamic world.