The author of a novel entitled The Mosque of Notre Dame de Paris, which may be closer to coming true than most people realize or would like to admit. “Window on Eurasia: Russian Novelist Does ‘Not Want to Live in a Moscow Caliphate,'” from the UCSJ: Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union, with thanks to Ruth King:
Elena Chudinova, the author of the already notorious dystopian novel “The Mosque of Notre Dame de Paris,” says that she would rather live in a Russia controlled and garrisoned by the Americans than in a Moscow where the Russian Federation’s own Muslims have established a caliphate.
In an interview published in the current issue of “Politicheskiy zhurnal,” Chudinova said that if Russia were occupied by the Americans — something which she does not like to contemplate — she and other Russians “would again compose anecdotes, start up samizdat — and live just as we did under Soviet power” (http://religare.ru&print21594.htm) [Note: link doesn’t seem to be working — RS].
But if the Muslims were to succeed in establishing their own rule in Moscow, she continued, then Russian culture, Russians as a people and Russia itself would cease to exist. And because that danger is not unthinkable, she said, she had written her novel calling for a struggle against what she says is the Islamic threat to the Christian world….
The former children’s book writer insisted that recent events in Europe and elsewhere had proven once and for all that “a dialogue between our civilizations [Christian and Muslim] was impossible,” and that all attempts to promote it, however well-intentioned, were doomed to complete and total failure….
Muslims, she insisted, even moderate ones like the Tatars and Bashkirs, increasingly are drawn to radicalism by the Internet, an institution that has undermined traditional Islam and give the radicals the chance to propagate their views and win over those Muslims who had opposed them.
She added that the Russian Empire had been much too tolerant of its Muslim subjects and had allowed them “freedom” of religious belief, a tragic mistake for which the Russian writer said contemporary Russians are now “paying for and one she implied should be corrected by a much harsher policy now against the country’s Muslim citizens.
Russians as a cultural community must defend themselves, she insisted, by defending their culture and, together with other Christian nations, fighting off the Islamic challenge that threatens the Russian world and the Christian West.
Doing so will not be easy, Chudinova said, because only a relatively tiny share of Russians are in fact committed Orthodox Christians. But at the same time, she indicated that a committed minority could make all the difference, winning over the country’s intellectuals and thus putting Muslims on the defensive.
At the end of her interview, Chudinova ringingly asserted that for her “only one thing is important: I read Dostoyevskiy and listen to Rachmaninov and I want people living fifty years from now [to do the same]. I speak Russian and I want them to speak it too,” something she said that could be guaranteed only by struggling against Muslims now.