Perhaps this recent news out of Interfax Religion is an indication that some of the comments I made here were a bit too rosy. Of course, in that piece I did take into account the real problems of xenophobia and ethnic tension in Russia, and I nevertheless think the broad point – that Muslims are a generally de facto accepted part part of everyday life on the ground here – stands. Of course, Moscow is not Kazan and Kazan has not been absolutely without tensions. And while practical, day to day coexistence makes an impression, there are geopolitical, econonmic, and ideological realities that threaten it.
- Christopher Stroop, March 11, 2013