The legislature of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan gathered in an unprecedented session to take measures against violent extremism. The move came two weeks after terrorists attacked top Muslim clerics in the region, killing one and wounding another.
The session was called in the middle of the parliament’s vacation period, with the participation of representatives of district legislatures and the heads of traditional religious confessions, as well as top law enforcement officials. The session was broadcast live on regional television and radio.
The meeting was opened by the head of Tatarstan’s State Council, Farid Mukhamedshin, who urged legislators to remember to strictly observe all constitutional freedoms and procedural norms as they reconsider the region’s anti-extremism laws.