The Council of Russian Muftis says its websites have been attacked by hackers just as Muslims around the world celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, which marks the end of the hajj.
The council's main website was taken offline after a picture of a pig and an offensive inscription appeared on the site on October 15. The personal website of the council's leader, Ravil Gainutdin, and the website of Moscow's Grand Mosque were also attacked.
The council called the attacks a provocation and expressed hope that the attackers' hooliganism "would not lead to intolerance and misunderstanding in Russian society."
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax