One of the oldest mosques in Russia, in the western region of Ryazan, has been returned by the authorities to the Muslim community.
After years of legal battles - writes Itar Tass newsagency- the Spiritual Council
of Muslims has become the Russian owner, on
December 4, of the Khan Mosque
and the mausoleums of Shakh Ali Khan and
Sultan Muhammad Avgan
in the town of Kasimov 225 kilometers east of
The buildings have been returned by the regional municipal museum, which never used them as
places of worship.
Built by the Tatars in the fifteenth century, the Kasimov Khan mosque is
the second oldest mosque in
Russia, after the Dzhuma mosque (XIII century)
in Derbent, Dagestan, North Caucasian republic.