Religion: Islam in Russia

In all Moscow there is only one Moslem mosque, and these days it does S.R.O. business. Ever since the Soviets began buddying up to the Islamic powers of Asia and the Middle East, the Moscow mosque has served a growing contingent of Moslem diplomats. Friday night contributions to the collection plate have grown apace. And to keep up the semblance of Soviet affection for Islam, every year a token delegation from Russia's 30 million Moslems is allowed to make the long pilgrimage to Mecca.

But Soviet Moslems now have a blunt reminder that the...

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