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First Muslim Clothing Shop Opens In Russia's Yekaterinburg

YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- The first clothing shop geared toward Muslims has opened in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

Ruzaliya Akhmatova is the owner of the shop known as Khabiba, meaning "beloved one" in Arabic. The shop offers different types of dresses and other apparel typically worn by female Muslims.

Akhmatova says she plans to hire more designers for her store if the demand for her clothes grows. She said in the future she will also stock clothes designed for Muslim men as well as bags and footwear in her shop.

Tatars, Bashkirs, and Kazakhs are some of the several Muslim minorities living in the Sverdlovsk Oblast in the Russia's Ural region, of which Yekaterinburg is the capital. It has a population of some 1.3 million people and is Russia's fifth-largest city.