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Tatar Singer Apologizes For Video Filmed At Mosque

Rezeda Ganiullina dances on the grounds of a mosque in the ancient city of Bolgar.

Famous Tatar singer-dancer Rezeda Ganiullina has apologized after Muslims across Russia condemned a recent video of hers that was filmed on the grounds of a mosque.

Tatarstan's deputy mufti, Rustam Batrov, said on September 23 that no probe will be launched against the singer because she officially apologized and removed the video from social networks.

In the video, which is still on YouTube, a scantily clad Ganiullina sings a song and dances near the White Mosque in the ancient city of Bolgar.

The video sparked a wave of criticism by Muslims, who said they will file a lawsuit against Ganiullina for insulting their religious feelings.

Russia's Investigative Committee said earlier that it had started looking into the video to find out if it was a violation of the freedom of religion.

With reporting by Interfax