People of the town of Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow region have raised protests against the current construction of a mosque in the town, and have asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to intervene, while the regional Muslim authority has dismissed the protests as unfair.

"Foundations have been laid for a mosque in the private housing area in our town," the protesters said in an open letter to Medvedev.

The unfinished building "is being used as a mosque already. Prayer services, religious rites and majlises are being held, and a Sunday school has opened," the letter reads.

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