Today I got the answer to a question that had intrigued me ever since the start of the European refugee crisis spawned by US wars in the Third World: what position would Russia take vis a vis these mainly Muslims populations seeking new homes when Europe became overcrowded? President Putin’s conviction that multiculturalism doesn’t work suggests that notwithstanding his equally strong commitment to equity and humanitarian relief, he would not open Russia’s vast territory to these refugees, even though Russia is a multi-national country that includes 15% of Muslims.
Today Russia Insider posted a story about a German-Russian family that fled harassment in Germany and was welcomed in Russia. (Down through the ages, Germans have settled in Russia, and their descendants refer to themselves as Russian Germans.) This warm, fuzzy human interest story suggests that Vladimir Putin’s Russia will be a refugee destination for Europeans displaced by Islamization.
I’ve often stated my conviction that nothing will be able to prevent Europe from being Islamized.
As this process continues relentlessly, Europe’s original Caucasian inhabitants may head to Russia and the vast Caucasian Heartland, an idea may not be as far-fetched as it sounds: In his March 1 speech, President Putin announced that free land would be offered to immigrants, and that the Russian state would make it easier for foreigners to become citizens.
It is noteworthy that most of Russia’s Muslim neighbors do not feel that they have to migrate in order to have a decent life. Russia has helped them modernize, even building new mosques for their growing populations. (As for those who do migrate, during my brief visit to St Petersburg last year, at sunset, a taxi driver drove his vehicle onto an out-of-the-way sidewalk, apologized, and kneeled there on his prayer mat for about ten minutes. There are mosques in all the major Russian cities, and in 2015 the 1904 Moscow Cathedral Mosque was renovated to accommodate up to ten thousand worshippers.)
Deena Stryker is an international expert, author and journalist that has been at the forefront of international politics for over thirty years, exlusively for the online journal “New Eastern Outlook”.