Monday, October 19, 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday visited Kazan, the capital of Russia's predominantly Muslim Tatarstan region, lauding it as an example of multi-ethnic tolerance and peace.

Situated on the banks of the Volga River 850 kilometres (500 miles) east of Moscow, the city of 1.2 million famously contains both a mosque and a Orthodox cathedral within the walls of its Kremlin.

Over half of the region's population are Tatars, a Muslim Turkic people who live alongside a large ethnic Russian Orthodox Christian population and other minorities.;_ylt=Av_4vPg63IKXTpZThOkD7IA7Xs8F;_ylu=X3oDMTMxa2lqbDY2BGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDA5MTAxNC9ydXNzaWF1c2RpcGxvbWFjeXJlbGlnaW9uBHBvcwMzNgRzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNjbGludG9ucHJhaXM-

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