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Fact Check: No, Putin did not declare Islam as the "second State religion" of Russia

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A viral post on Facebook claimed that Islam has been declared as the "second state religion" of Russia. The claim was found to be factually incorrect, as Russia remains as a secular country with no official State religion to speak of.

A Facebook post by Adv Rizwan Ramzani on May 29 claimed that President Putin has declared Islam the second State religion of Russia. The post further claimed that "all restrictions" on Islam have been abolished by the Russian President.

A photo of Putin with some men in Muslim attire was also shared in the post.

Fact Check

On searching the Internet for this incident, no relevant results were found. No reputed National and International News Portals published an article confirming this claim. TASS Russian News Agency also did not have an article on this, as seen in the search result of keywords "Putin", and "Islam" here.

The 2021 Report On International Religious Freedom, found on a US Government Website, says that in Russia, "The law identifies Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism as the country’s four “traditional” religions and recognizes the special role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC)."

Article 14 of the Russian Constitution states that it is a secular state, with no obligatory or state religion.

Therefore, there is no such thing as a "second state religion" in Russia.

The photo that was shared in the post is from 2012 and has been featured in multiple articles including this one and this one.

In conclusion, Islam was not declared the "second State religion" of Russia by Putin.

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