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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Muslims with Eid al-Fitr.
"Completing the sacred time of fasting during the month of Ramadan, the holiday of breaking the fast has deep spiritual meaning, joy of strengthening faith, gaining new invaluable experience, moral purification and self-improvement," Putin said.
"It is traditional to mark it not only by plentiful and generous feast, but also by being attentive and compassionate to those who needs support," the president continued. "It is very important that Muslim organizations are actively participating in Russia’s life. Their cooperation with government and social institutions is constantly developing, and much attention is paid to charity and educational initiatives," he added.
Putin also stressed that "the principled position of Muslim clerics deserves respect because they firmly withstand extremists’ attempts to distort Muslim values, to sow seeds of hatred and intolerance." "Such productive and multi-faceted activities facilitate strengthening friendship and understanding between people in the country, ensuring civil peace and accord," the president concluded.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also congratulated Russian Muslims with Eid al-Fitr.
In a telegram to Russian Muslim clerics published on the official governmental website, Medvedev called Eid al-Fitr "one of the most important holidays for Muslims that is preceded by moral purification and creation, kind deeds and special attention to people."
"I do not doubt that you will continue doing everything necessary for development of inter-confessional dialogue and constructive interaction with the government, especially in peacekeeping, education and charity that serve for the benefit of our multinational country," Medvedev said.