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Rise of radical Islam in Tatarstan threatens reputation for tolerance

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In this photograph taken on April 15 and made available today, a Muslim prays during Friday noon prayers in the central Qol Sharif mosque in Kazan the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region.

According to AFP, authorities in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan are concerned about the rise of radical Islam and the appearance of militant Islamic groups in this mainly Muslim region known as a model of religious tolerance.

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