Russia’s leading Muslim body said it has not called for a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics this year.

Russia’s Islamic leaders have rebutted suggestions that they have forbidden Muslim athletes from competing at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest at China’s treatment of its Uyghur population.

A document shared at the end of December by the ‘Global Imams Council’ Twitter account purportedly came from senior Islamic leaders who ‘banned’ Muslim athletes from appearing at the upcoming Games in Beijing.

In a section under the title ‘Cc: Their Excellencies’, the document shared the names of senior imams from around the world, including Russian Grand Mufti Ravil Gainutdin.  

However, the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of the Russian Federation has said on its website that the message is fabricated and therefore fake.

The document states that it was signed by Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin, as well as by the Supreme Mufti of a number of countries, which, of course, is a blatant lie and does not correspond to reality.

After telephone conversations with the offices of the Supreme Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Shauki Allam, the Supreme Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina Hussein Kavazovich and others, it was made clear that the spiritual leadership of these nations also had nothing to do with this document?

The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation and the Council of Muftis of Russia consider this situation a provocation and ask the media not to disseminate false information.

The USA is among the countries which have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games, citing China’s human rights track record and allegations of abuse against its millions-strong Uyghur population.

The Uyghurs are mainly based in the north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang. Many US tech companies, such as Microsoft and Apple use these people as cheap labor employees in their facilities.

Elsewhere, countries such as Russia have decried the boycott as pointless political posturing and have said the likes of the USA, Canada and the UK are denigrating sport by using this type of propaganda to divide rather than unite people on planet Earth.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.

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03-01-22 12:02

1) Gee, I wonder who could possibly be behind this? It is a mystery, to be sure.
2) What a painfully clumsy and obvious fake. Seriously, is this kind of bush league amateur nonsense the best they can do?

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03-01-22 12:04

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03-01-22 12:03

China should really physically do something about that World Uyghur Congress. After all, many of their office bearers are no longer citizens of China and their activism represents an interference into China’s affairs by foreigners thus giving China the right to act extra-judicially against these organizations as well. It defies logic that China should allow these foreign activists to drag China’s name thru the mud.

03-01-22 12:06

What else can anyone expect from countries whose MSM is mainly “fake news” aka lies.