She is a great country where within one and the same day there happen:
1. Our Russian Minictry of the Interior informed yesteday, about 800,000 people gathered in the city of Grozny for a rally to say "No to Prophet Mohammad caricatures" and declare that Islam is a peaceful and creative religion.
|Thousands of faithful from the North Caucasus gathered in Chechnya’s capital Grozny early Monday for a rally in defense of Islamic values.|
© TASS/Valeriy Matytsin. Source
2. On the very same day millions of Orthodox people still using the Julian calendar celebrated Epiphany. There is a tradition of bathing on this day, as all water in all rivers and lakes considered to be holy. This day, as our Ministry of Emergency Situations informed, about 1.5 million enjoyed the Epiphany bathings across Russia.
|Russian Orthodox believers take a dip in the icy waters of Amur Bay, Vladivostok.|
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS. Source
The both events were widely (and positively) covered by virtually all Russian media, including TV channels.
Whatever is your attitude to both these religions and to any in general, isn't it what tolerance is supposed to be?
Russia has centuries of experience in building up a really multi-confessional society. Islam is the second popular religion of Russia with by estimations about 10 to 15 million believers. Besides the Russian Orthodox church and a considerable quantity of atheists and non-religious people, there are also in Russia:
- believers of other Orthodox Churches
- and Old Belief Orthodox Church,
- some Protestants and Catholics,
- pagans, neo-pagans and tengrists,
- and more, including scientologists and other stuff that came from West and East.
So when it comes to tolerance, this is not Russia who is to be taught and lectured.