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Russia To Launch New Islamic TV Channel


The channel will be dedicated to broadcasting in the Russian language about Islamic topics for Russia's Muslim population.

The channel will be dedicated to broadcasting in the Russian language about Islamic topics for Russia's Muslim population.

MOSCOW -- Russia plans to establish a new Islamic television channel for the country's Muslims in August.

The deputy chairman of the Russian Muslim’s Religious Directorate for European Regions, Damir Mukhitdinov, told RFE/RL that the new channel’s name will be Al-TV.

He said it would be dedicated to broadcasting in the Russian language about Islamic topics for Russia's Muslim population.

A public religious council consisting of leading Kremlin-backed Islamic clerics will oversee the channel’s activities.

The plans for the new Islamic television channel were announced a week after Mufti Ildus Faizov of Russia’s mainly Muslim republic of Tatarstan was injured in a car bombing and his former deputy and close associate Valiulla Yakupov was shot dead near his house in Kazan.

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