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Muslim Prison Inmates In North Ossetia Choose Their Imam

Muslim prisoners serving their sentences at a strict regime colony on the outskirts of Vladikavkaz, the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia, have chosen as their imam a fellow prisoner, Djimmi Tanduyev, who was sentenced in 2003 to 16 years in jail on charges of murder, banditry, and kidnapping, reported on February 17.

Tanduyev presides over midday prayers at the camp's mosque, which opened one month ago.

Of the 1,271 prisoners, only 30 are practicing Muslims, which is a far lower proportion than for the republic as a whole (approximately 25-28 percent). Of those prisoners who are practicing Muslims, 30 percent were sentenced for drug trafficking, 20 percent for murder, and 25 percent for robbery with violence.

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This blog presents analyst Liz Fuller's personal take on events in the region, following on from her work in the "RFE/RL Caucasus Report." It also aims, to borrow a metaphor from Tom de Waal, to act as a smoke detector, focusing attention on potential conflict situations and crises throughout the region. The views are the author's own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.


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