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Moscow's Muslim Slums Now Breeding Grounds for Despair
by Paul Goble
An increasing number of Muslim guest workers in the Russian capital "are living in inhuman conditions, suffering from cold, hunger and disease," harassed by government officials, and largely ignored by the traditional Muslim hierarchies, a combination that is turning them into breeding grounds for despair and possible radicalization.
In a report carried on the Islamnews.ru portal, Rustam Dzhalilov describes the settlement of Chelobityevo, where some 3,000 Muslims from Central Asia, whose misfortunes people in Moscow "either do not know or do not want to know," live only 200 meters from the Garden Ring Road.
Many of the buildings there are little more than crude huts, the journalist notes, assembled from found materials, lack any indoor plumbing or heating and often have as many as ten people to a room. The migrants there at one point did manage to purchase an electric generator, but militia officers took it away.
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