Friday, 18 November 2011



This hefty holy book requires not only strong devotion, but also strong arms to read, as it weighs a mammoth 800 kilograms and boasts 632 pages sized two by one and a half meters. The gold- and silver-encrusted cover studded with malachite and semi-precious stones holds a giant turquoise 14 centimeters in diameter. The price of this opulent opus is unknown, but it took over a year to make.

The carefully crafted Koran was ordered from Italy for the Foundation on Restoring Cultural and Historical Heritage in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan. And it’s certainly got a spirited reception. “This edition of the Koran has become a precious gift to all Russian Muslims,” says the Islamic spiritual leader of Tatarstan, Ildus Faizov.

The unique edition now resides in a mosque within the Kremlin of the city of Kazan. Next summer, the weighty holy tome will be moved to Bolgary – a Tatarstan region which embraced Islam as its official religion in 922.
Source: Russia Today

Erm, congrats Russia. I think.

In healthier developments, an opinion poll has found that almost 3 out of every 5 Russians agree with the slogan: "Russia for the Russians".

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