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Young Muslims gear up Moscow conference against extremism

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Young Muslims will gather in Moscow Tuesday for a two-day international conference dedicated to protecting them from the dangers of radical Islam.

MOSCOW, May 30 (RIA Novosti) - Young Muslims will gather in Moscow Tuesday for a two-day international conference dedicated to protecting them from the dangers of radical Islam.

Mufti Ravil Gainutdin, the spiritual leader of Russia's Muslims, said the conference - Humanitarian Values and Young Russian Muslims - would try to steer young people away from extremist tendencies.

"Our main aim is to protect young people from radical ideas and sentiments, as well as to set them on a moderate path, so that enthusiasm will not turn into fanaticism," he said.

About 20 million Muslims live in Russia, which has had to deal with extreme forms of Islam in its southern territories, particularly in the troubled republic of Chechnya.

Muslim leaders, government officials, public activists from youth movements in various regions of Russia as well as Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and other countries will attend the conference.

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