The new mosque was opened in Moscow ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, on September 23 after a special ceremony attended by Putin himself, as well as a number of foreign delegates, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Why was the event so widely publicized in media? French journalist Nicolas Gauthier of Boulevard Voltaire speculated that Putin didn't want to repeat the mistakes made by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan, when many thought the US military was acting akin to medieval crusaders who came to conquer the area and suppress the local populations. Instead, Putin wanted to show Muslims that he isn't a "Western crusader."
Unlike Europe, where Islam is largely seen as an imported thing, Russia has a very different perspective towards Islam. Since both Muslims and Christians have lived in Russia side by side for centuries, Islam isn't seen as something alien. Putin plans to strengthen this further, wanting Muslims in Russia to form values that honor Russian culture and traditions to avoid the penetration of Wahhabism into Muslim communities in Russia, Gauthier explained.