Chechnya has set a date of opening the Ahmad Kadyrov's mosque, which is to be the biggest in Europe.
"Ceremony of opening is planned for October 17. The 2nd international peacemaking forum Islam: a Religion of Peace and Creativity is to open the same day in Grozny," the republic's president Ramzan Kadyrov told Interfax.
According to him, "people of the Chechen Republic first time in sixty years will have a possibility to have a grand mosque in Grozny and conduct Islamic religious rites there."
"All the mosques were closed, destroyed and robbed in the Chechen Republic more than 60 years ago. There wasn't a single mosque in Chechnya under Soviet regime. Up to now residents of the republican capital didn't have an opportunity to pray in one, main mosque, though it is usual for all Islamic states and regions where Islam is practiced," Kadyrov said.