T L I G M A G A Z I N E I S S U E - 3 9 37 with a consolidated position on numbers of the so- cially significant issues. As an example I can cite the fact that in the meeting of June, last year, our council members adopted a statement; it was called ‘On the Protection of the Life on Unborn Children’, aimed to oppose abortion. This declaration was translated into many languages and it’s possible to see on the website of our Interreligious Council of Russia. Our Interreligious Council of Russia has also stated some concerned positions of the traditional religions on such pressing problems as migration, restrictions on the gambling industry, drug traffic, protection of the rights of family and child, construction of worship buildings, protection of law and order, introduction of theology as an academic discipline recognized by the state, respect for civil rights, contempt for religious feelings and others. Among the most acute problems among the tradition- al religions, there is propagation of extremism under the religious logos. This problem was considered by the presidium of the Interreligious Council of Russia which took place in February this year. It was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Russia. Patriarch Kirill and the religious leaders of our country pointed to the special importance that the raising of the level of religious literacy has for the struggle with extrem- ism to be effective, and they expressed readiness to make joint effort to respond to the challenge. A spe- cial role in this endeavour is to be played by the de- velopment of theological education and science in our country. This area occupied a considerable place in the work of the Interreligious Council of Russia. Summing up, I would like to note that the experience of the Interreligious Council of Russia showed that differences in religious beliefs are not reason for an- tagonism or enmity, on the contrary for truly believ- ing people it’s natural to be in relations of friendship, mutual respect and accord, to cooperate in the social sphere in many areas that promote peace and certain traditional moral values in society. Now we are preparing the next meeting of the pre- sidium of the Interreligious Council of Russia; it will be held here in the Museum of Tolerance nearby, and now with our partners of this community we are pre- paring this meeting. Thank you for your attention. Interfaith Panel Moscow Jewish Community Center Sheikh IslamValitov Representing the Mufti of Moscow Albir hazrat Kraganov Greeting To the participants of the World Congress of Religious Leaders of the Interreligious centre Elijah Interfaith In- stitute From the Mufti of the Spiritual Assembly of the Muslims of Russia Albir hazrat Kraganov On behalf of the Spiritual assembly of the Muslims of Russia, we express our sin- cere gratitude to organizers for their concern for the important issues that are being discussed today. The improvement of the interfaith dialogue, the search for unity and mutual understanding between traditional religions play an important role in modern society. Today, we observe an increase of religious tol- erance, mutual respect and understanding as well as cooperation among the believers. The level of improvement of this process is increasing with every year as well. The Russian civil society along with the followers of traditional religions recognizes the need to study the Russian experience of harmonization of interethnic and interfaith relations. Progress in this area will not only improve the existing bonds, but will also pro- vide a certain momentum for the prevention of pseudo-religious extremism ideology. Let me most sincerely wish the participants of this session fruitful work, new achievements and much success. I have no doubt that this discussion will con- tribute to the further development of the noble social mission of religions in Russia. Thank you.