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Champions of Mecca

December 9 2008

In Islam's holy places visited by a record number of pilgrims. Figure is closer to 1.75 million people from 184 countries. Including, of course, and Russia.

Each of the regions of the country has contributed. Since both Ossetia could send only 70 believers. But from Chechnya to Mecca came over 3,000 believers tourists. Arrived from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Ingushetia and Dagestan. But Hamas in Mecca were not allowed - why confuse people? .. And dangerous. If only fathovtsev.

However, security in Mecca and nearby Medina, as well as in the holy Kaaba stone reliably provide the Special Forces in the amount of several thousand people.

The soldiers are specially trained to work in this situation. And therefore Kadyrov, who flew to Mecca, he felt safe here. With spetsvizoy in your pocket.

However, even the possession of this document, not all rescues. Thus, in Makkah were not allowed especially belligerent crowd of Palestinians. But was ever a lot of young pilgrims from Europe.

Of course, hotel accommodations at all was not enough, but because most of the pilgrims founded the giant garter city, in ascetic conditions which they would live for three days.

Interestingly, in this year's holy cities, and it turned out a record number of journalists who have lived in a specially reserved for them quarters of the tent camp.

Alexander Gray


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