Muftis of Russia on the Golden Horde, Xenophobia and Political Correctness

posted 11 Sep 2015, 06:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Sep 2015, 06:33 ]
8 September 2015

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The Russian Council of Muftis has criticised а theatrical performance that was shown during the City Day celebrations on Red Square in Moscow.

According to Novaya Gazeta, an article published on the website of the muftiate states that the Moscow authorities put on a wonderful show to commemorate the birth of the capital city, but that the scenes depicting the struggle against the Tatar-Mongol yoke amount to 'dark myths' and contradict historical facts about the key role of the Golden Horde in the formation of Russian statehood. To support this, the article's author, deputy head of the Council of Muftis of Russia, Damir Mukhetdinov, cited the historian Karamzin: "Moscow owes its greatness to the khans".

“Are we Muslims of Moscow alone in remembering Karamzin's theory?! Do the above-quoted words of his strike home with those responsible for major public events in this multinational and multi-denominational capital? Do they appeal to the reason of those who consider themselves 'pure' Slavs for not having the impure blood of the Tsars of the Golden Horde, Tatars, Kasimovs and Crimean khans?" declared Mukhetdinov, emphasising that the Golden Horde was presented as ‘the enemy' in the performance.

Mukhetdinov urged people, "not to propagate myths about the Tatar-Mongol yoke that one can find in pre-Revolutionary and Soviet text books and to recognise that Moscow came into existence as a town and grew in size, “becoming a powerful centre, in the period of the Golden Horde in particular,” and that the Golden Horde should itself be regarded as the “forerunner” of the Russian Empire".

Translated by Lindsay Munford