Moscow, October 15, Interfax – The command of the Sokol Airbase in the Perm territory is in full control of the situation and is capable of resolving any problems that could be caused by the servicemen practicing Islam, Sokol Airbase Commander Col. Dmitry Kuznetsov told Interfax on Friday.
"There is no Islamic revolt, and reports by some media outlets regarding the number of offences and the percentage of Slavic and Muslim servicemen in the unit are untrue," Kuznetsov said.
"The unit command has enough forces and resources to resolve any problems that could arise either on its own or through involving law enforcement agencies and various non-governmental institutions," he said.
Perm territory Mufti Mukhammedgali Khuzin also denied reports alleging that the servicemen practicing Islam incited a revolt at the airbase.
"Some media reports about a revolt at the airbase at the Bolshoye Savino airport are untrue," the mufti told Interfax.
Khuzin, however, confirmed that there were some problems with servicemen coming from Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria.
"The command is concerned about the fact that the Muslim servicemen from Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria have been shielding by their religion’s canons to evade the proper performance of their service duties this way or another. There have also been acts of violence between servicemen, although these cannot be qualified as interethnic or inter-religious ones," Khuzin said.