Since 2014, Russia has been trying to create the illusion of legitimacy for its actions on the territory of Ukraine: the occupation of Crimea, the creation of new republics that it later incorporated into the federation, and eventually a full-scale invasion. Not the least role in this is systematically played by “independent international experts” who are in fact European citizens paid by the Kremlin and those who are also responsible for Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Kremlin has been illegally holding “elections” in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine using the same methodology: legitimising the illegal occupation and creating the illusion of democracy.
On 22 March, Ramadan began, a holy month for Muslims and the most important ceremonial period for believers in Islam. This year, Ramadan exacerbated the already strained relations between Muslims and Russians, and concentrated religious conflicts. By using followers of Islam as cannon fodder in the so-called “special military operation”, the Russian authorities are simultaneously suppressing the voice of Muslims in the country and deliberately provoking religious conflicts, “spicing” them up with persecution and arrests.