Russia’s ultimate motivation is the deciding factor on whether this is a good or bad move: Is Russia funding “the translation and publication of books on Islam in Russian” in order to objectively learn more about the truths of the religion, or are they simply providing blind “material support for Islamic institutes” which will, no doubt, be turned toward funding the “Islam means Peace” propaganda campaign?
“Russia to allocate $1.5 million for support of Islam,” from Interfax, June 26:
Moscow, June 26, Interfax – A project of joint efforts has been signed by Russia’s Fund for the Support of Islamic Culture, Science and Education and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the fund told Interfax-Religion.
The agreement provides for grants and stipends to students of Russian Islamic institutes for research, the translation and publication of books on Islam in Russian, and for material support to Islamic institutes.
In addition, the agreement provides for international seminars on “The Role of Russia and the Islamic World in Strengthening the Alliance of Civilizations.”