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Putin pledges new mosque for Moscow

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(updated 18:27 28.10.2014)
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised on Thursday that a new mosque will be built in Moscow.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised on Thursday that a new mosque will be built in Moscow.

"The construction of the mosque has been planned in Moscow. It will be done," Putin said during his annual Q&A session.

The mosque will be built in southeast Moscow, in a district with a large number of ethnic Tatars, the vast majority of whom are Muslims.

Local authorities vowed however to coordinate the construction of the mosque with the non-Muslim residents of the district.

There are currently only four mosques in Moscow - or one for every 500,000 Muslims in the Russian capital.

MOSCOW, December 16 (RIA Novosti)