The Grand Mufti of Russia Ravil Gainutdin has categorically denied allegations that the country is "the number one enemy" of Islam and Muslims.

The allegation was made by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi – one of the most influential clerics in Sunni Islam.

"While religious freedom is curtailed in Europe, Russia, on the contrary makes constructive steps to protect believers' rights and feelings," the head of Russia's Mufti Council stressed speaking at the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul.

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