Window on Eurasia: 5,000-Place Mosque Opens in Chechnya

The Muslims of Chechnya today marked the opening of their new central mosque, an enormous structure with five minarets capable of accommodating up to 5,000 worshippers at a time and a building that many of those who took part in the celebration hope marks the beginning of the restoration of traditional Chechen Islam.

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Window on Eurasia: Russian Interests in Arctic Seen Under Threat

The Russian Federation is rapidly losing its positions in the Arctic Sea basin as a result of the actions of other countries in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union, the outflow of the population from the country’s northernmost territories, and Moscow’s failure to invest in the infrastructure of this region.

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