"Russian Muslims, relying on centuries-old religious, historical and cultural traditions, widely celebrate this holiday — both in their communities and in the circle of relatives and friends. It is common these days to sum up spiritual achievement during the [Ramadan] fasting, to attend to those, who need help," Putin said in a congratulatory telegram, as quoted by the Kremlin.
Putin stressed the importance of the contribution that the Muslim community was making to the development of inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue, active cooperation with state and public organizations in matters of charity and education.
"Fruitful, multi-faceted activity [of Muslims in Russia] is supported by the whole society, it contributes to the preservation of civil peace and harmony in the country," the president said.
Islam is the second largest religion in Russia after Christianity. Up to 20 million Muslims live in Russia, comprising some 15 percent of the country's population.