This page is devoted to Eduard
Ponarin's IPF project "Threats to Open Society in Tatarstan"
project is devoted to emergence of radical Islam in Tatarstan, a Muslim
republic of the Russian Federation. Although the current
situation is generally stable, there is a potential that could
destabilize that republic in the future. My studies led me to
believe that radicalization of Islam is driven by the anomie arising
difficult social transformation, diffusion of radical ideas from the
Middle East, competition between local clerics for power and money,
and heavy-handed policies of the Republic's government towards
those imams who it considers not loyal enough or too independent.
The first two drivers are recognized by both the federal and the
provincial government. The next one cannot probably be changed at
all. The last driver is not well recognized but can be
My research will result in policy recommendations that I am going to
present to the expert community and policy makers of Tatarstan.
The case of Tatartsan is chosen because it is one of the most
secularized Muslim republics of the Russian Federation, yet even there
the post-Soviet religious renaissance resulted in some radicalization,
involving young people. My analysis of the situation in that
republic is meant to elucidate the general problems in Russia's Muslim
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