Source: Russia Times
Over 250,000 Islamic faithful came to the Moscow Cathedral Mosque for the morning prayer celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival, police reported. Smaller public gatherings took place throughout Russia, where Muslims are the second-largest denomination.
Despite being one of the largest in Europe, the mosque in Moscow can only accommodate about 10,000 people, so the majority of believers placed their prayer mats on the streets outside the building. The authorities cordoned off the entire area to traffic for the occasion.
Moscow police deployed 3,000 officers to preserve order near the cathedral mosque and several other large Muslim prayer sites in the Russian capital. They reported no incidents.